Mobility

The Analysis of Nash Equilibria of the One-Shot Random-Access Game for Wireless Networks and the Behavior of Selfish Nodes

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Executive Summary

The authors address the fundamental question of whether or not there exist stable operating points in a network in which selfish nodes share a common channel, and if they exist, how the nodes behave at these stable operating points. They begin with a wireless communication network in which n nodes (agents), which might have different utility functions, contend for access on a common, wireless communication channel. They characterize this distributed multiple-access problem in terms of a one-shot random-access game, and then analyze the behavior of the nodes using the tools of game theory.

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