TR06-029 Authors: Diptarka Chakraborty, Nikhil R. Devanur, Vijay V. Vazirani

Publication: 4th March 2006 16:53

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We study the structure of EG[2], the class of Eisenberg-Gale markets

with two agents. We prove that all markets in this class are rational and they

admit strongly polynomial algorithms whenever

the polytope containing the set of feasible utilities of the two agents can be described

via a combinatorial LP. This helps resolve positively the status of two markets left as

open problems by [JV]: the capacity allocation market in a directed graph with two

source-sink pairs and the network coding market in a directed network with two sources.

Our algorithms for solving the corresponding nonlinear convex programs are fundamentally

different from those obtained by [JV]; whereas they use the primal-dual schema,

we use a carefully constructed binary search.

We also settle a third open problem of [JV], that of determining whether the

notion of competition monotonicity characterizes the class of SUA markets within UUA markets.

We give a positive resolution of this problem as well.