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An Optimal Procedure to Check Pareto-Optimality in House Markets with Single-Peaked Preferences

by   Aurélie Beynier, et al.

Recently, the problem of allocating one resource per agent with initial endowments (house markets) has seen a renewed interest: indeed, while in the domain of strict preferences the Top Trading Cycle algorithm is known to be the only procedure guaranteeing Pareto-optimality, individual rationality, and strategy proofness. However, the situation differs in the single-peaked domain. Indeed, Bade presented the Crawler, an alternative procedure enjoying the same properties, with the additional advantage of being implementable in obviously dominant strategies. In this paper we further investigate the Crawler and propose the Diver, a variant which checks optimally whether an allocation is Pareto-optimal for single-peaked preferences, thus improving over known techniques used for checking Pareto-optimality in more general domains. We also prove that the Diver is asymptotically optimal in terms of communication complexity.


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