The Core of Approval Participatory Budgeting with Uniform Costs (or with up to Four Projects) is Non-Empty

04/11/2021
by   Reshef Meir, et al.
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In the Approval Participatory Budgeting problem an agent prefers a set of projects W' over W if she approves strictly more projects in W'. A set of projects W is in the core, if there is no other set of projects W' and set of agents K that both prefer W' over W and can fund W'. It is an open problem whether the core can be empty, even when project costs are uniform. the latter case is known as the multiwinner voting core. We show that in any instance with uniform costs or with at most four projects (and any number of agents), the core is nonempty.

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