Coordination complexity: Small information coordinating large populations

Rachel Cummings, Katrina Ligett, Jaikumar Radhakrishnan, Aaron Roth, Zhiwei Steven Wu

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Abstract

We study a quantity that we call coordination complexity. In a distributed optimization problem, the information defining a problem instance is distributed among n parties, who need to each choose an action, which jointly will form a solution to the optimization problem. The coordination complexity represents the minimal amount of information that a cen-Tralized coordinator, who has full knowledge of the problem instance, needs to broadcast in order to coordinate the n parties to play a nearly optimal solution. We show that upper bounds on the coordination complex-ity of a problem imply the existence of good jointly differ-entially private algorithms for solving that problem, which in turn are known to upper bound the price of anarchy in certain games with dynamically changing populations. We show several results. We fully characterize the coordi-nation complexity for the problem of computing a many-To-one matching in a bipartite graph by giving almost matching lower and upper bounds. Our upper bound in fact extends much more generally, to the problem of solving a linearly separable convex program. We also give a different uppe bound technique, which we use to bound the coordination complexity of coordinating a Nash equilibrium in a routing game, and of computing a stable matching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationITCS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages281-290
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340571
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 14 2016
Event7th ACM Conference on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science, ITCS 2016 - Cambridge, United States
Duration: Jan 14 2016Jan 16 2016

Publication series

NameITCS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science

Other

Other7th ACM Conference on Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science, ITCS 2016
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge
Period1/14/161/16/16

Keywords

  • Coordination complexity
  • Privacy

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