Social Distance Aware Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks

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Social connectivity networks and the associated socio-technical context are an important determinant of a user's resource requirements. Despite the recent attention on wireless network design, little quantitative work has been done in order to combine purely technical design methods with explicit dependencies on the social or business connectivity and utility concerns. In this paper, the authors quantify the effect of the socio-technical context through the notion of effective distance, and then use this distance as a parameter in the user utility function. They explore the premise that efficient and targeted resource allocation can be achieved better if the network is aware of the effective distance and the expected quality at the receiver.