Piotr Krysta
Liverpool
Online Mechanism Design (Randomized Rounding on the Fly)
We study incentive compatible mechanisms for combinatorial auctions (CAs) in
an online model with sequentially arriving bidders, where the arrivals’
order is either random or adversarial. The bidders’ valuations are given by
demand oracles. Previously known online mechanisms for CAs assume that each
item is available at a certain multiplicity b > 1. Typically, one assumes b
= Ω(log m), where m is the number of different items.
We present the first online mechanisms guaranteeing competitiveness for any
multiplicity b ≥ 1. We introduce an online variant of oblivious randomized
rounding enabling us to prove competitive ratios that are close to or even
beat the best known offline approximation factors for various CAs settings.
Our mechanisms are universally truthful, and they significantly improve on
the previously known mechanisms.
Joint work with Berthold Voecking.