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Title: A distributed market framework for mobile data offloading
Authors: Wang, K
Lau, FCM 
Chen, L
Schober, R
Issue Date: 2015
Source: IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015, 8-12 June 2015, 7248794, p. 3063-3068
Abstract: We develop a distributed market framework to price the offloading service, and conduct a detailed analysis of the incentives for offloading service providers and conflicts arising from the interactions of different participators. Specifically, we formulate a multi-leader multi-follower Stackelberg game (MLMF-SG) to model the interactions between the offloading service providers and the offloading service consumers in the considered market framework, and investigate the cases where the offloading capacity of APs is unlimited and limited, respectively. For the case without capacity limit, we decompose the followers' game of the MLMF-SG (FG-MLMF-SG) into a number of simple follower games (FGs), and prove the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium of the FGs from which the existence and uniqueness of the FG-MLMF-SG also follows. For the leaders' game of the MLMF-SG, we also prove the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium. For the case with capacity limit, by considering a symmetric strategy profile, we establish the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium of the corresponding MLMF-SG, and present a distributed algorithm that allows the leaders to achieve the equilibrium. Finally, extensive numerical experiments demonstrate that the Stackelberg equilibrium is very close to the corresponding social optimum for both considered cases.
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN: 9781467364324
ISSN: 1550-3607
DOI: 10.1109/ICC.2015.7248794
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