Incentive-Compatible Resource Allocation in Overlapping Heterogeneous Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

This paper considers the coordinated radio resource allocation problem for users which are simultaneously covered by multiple overlapping heterogeneous wireless networks. As the resource allocation decision depends on the channel measurement and feedback from users, inefficiency and instability arise if a selfish user can manipulate its measured channel state to increase its gain from network. The contribution in this paper is the introduction of incentive compatibility as an addition criterion in the design of a resource allocation scheme. The authors formulate the multi-cell resource allocation game to capture the strategic interactions among users. A resource allocation scheme is incentive compatible if each user's dominant strategy under the resulted game is to honestly report its channel state.

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