VCG-equivalent in expectation mechanism: General framework for constructing iterative combinatorial auction mechanisms

Atsushi Iwasaki, Etsushi Fujita, Taiki Todo, Miao Yao, Makoto Yokoo

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Abstract

In this paper, we develop a new class of iterative mechanisms called a VCG-equivalent in expectation mechanism. Iterative auctions are preferred over their sealed-bid counterparts in practical settings, since they can avoid full revelation of type information. However, to guarantee that sincere strategies are an ex post equilibrium, the mechanism needs to achieve exactly the same outcome as the Vickrey-Clarke-Groves (VCG) mechanism. To guarantee that a mechanism is VCG-equivalent, it inevitably asks an irrelevant query, in which a participant has no incentive to answer the query sincerely. Such an irrelevant query causes unnecessary leakage of private information and a different incentive issue. In a VCG-equivalent in expectation mechanism, the mechanism achieves the same allocation as VCG, but the transfers are the same as VCG only in expectation. We show that in a VCG-equivalent in expectation mechanism, sincere strategies constitute a sequential equilibrium. Also, we develop a general procedure for constructing a VCG-equivalent in expectation mechanism that does not ask any irrelevant query. To demonstrate the applicability of this idea in a practical application, we develop a VCG-equivalent in expectation mechanism that can be applied to the Japanese 4G spectrum auction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages699-706
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013
Event12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2013, AAMAS 2013 - Saint Paul, MN, United States
Duration: May 6 2013May 10 2013

Other

Other12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2013, AAMAS 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySaint Paul, MN
Period5/6/135/10/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence

Cite this

Iwasaki, A., Fujita, E., Todo, T., Yao, M., & Yokoo, M. (2013). VCG-equivalent in expectation mechanism: General framework for constructing iterative combinatorial auction mechanisms. 699-706. Paper presented at 12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2013, AAMAS 2013, Saint Paul, MN, United States.