Fall 2016

Uncertainty Seminar

Nov 10, 2016 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 

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Calvin Lab Rm 116

Opting Into Optimal Matchings

We revisit the problem of designing optimal, individually rational matching mechanisms (in a general sense, allowing for cycles in directed graphs), where each player — who is associated with a subset of vertices — matches as many of his own vertices when he opts into the matching mechanism as when he opts out. We offer a new perspective on this problem by considering an arbitrary graph, but assuming that vertices are associated with players at random. Our main result asserts that, under certain conditions, any fixed optimal matching is likely to be individually rational up to lower-order terms. We also show that a simple and practical mechanism is (fully) individually rational, and likely to be optimal up to lower-order terms. We discuss the implications of our results for market design in general, and kidney exchange in particular.
Joint work with Avrim Blum, Loannis Caragiannis, Ariel Procaccia, Eviatar Procaccia, Rohit Vaish. The manuscript is available here (to appear in SODA'17).