|Location:||SLMath: Baker Board Room|
Tomer Ezra will give an overview talk about truthful mechanisms in subdomains of fair division and voting, followed by a spotlight talk given by Ulrike Schmidt-Kraepelin.
We study the budget aggregation problem in which a set of strategic voters must split a finite divisible resource (such as money or time) among a set of competing projects. Our goal is twofold: We seek truthful mechanisms that provide fairness guarantees to the projects. For the first objective, we focus on the class of moving phantom mechanisms [Freeman et al., 2021], which are -- to this day -- essentially the only known truthful mechanisms in this setting. For project fairness, we consider the mean division as a fair baseline, and bound the maximum difference between the funding received by any project and this baseline. We propose a novel and simple moving phantom mechanism that provides optimal project fairness guarantees. As a corollary of our results, we show that our new mechanism minimizes the l1 distance to the mean (a measure suggested by Caragiannis et al. ) for three projects and gives the first non-trivial bounds on this quantity for more than three projects.No Notes/Supplements Uploaded No Video Files Uploaded