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On the tradeoff between privacy and efficiency: A bidding mechanism for scheduling non-commercial services


On the tradeoff between privacy and efficiency: A bidding mechanism for scheduling non-commercial services

Wang, Chun, Dargahi, Farnaz and Bhuiyan, Mohammad Fozlul Haque (2012) On the tradeoff between privacy and efficiency: A bidding mechanism for scheduling non-commercial services. Computers in Industry, 63 (6). pp. 610-618. ISSN 01663615

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Services providers, such as public healthcare systems and government agencies, are under tremendous pressure to reduce costs and improve service quality. Scheduling is an important managerial component which has considerable impact on both the costs and quality of services. Service providers need customers’ availability information to improve resource utilization. On the other hand, customers may be of “two minds” about communicating their private information. While communicating certain amount of availability might be necessary in order to obtain preferred schedules, too much communication place a potential cost due to privacy loss. In this paper, we present a bidding-based mechanism which aims at generating high quality schedules and, at the same time, protecting customers’ privacy. We show that, under the proposed bidding procedure, myopic bidding is the dominant strategy for customers. We also evaluate the privacy and efficiency performance of the proposed mechanism through a computational study.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Item Type:Article
Authors:Wang, Chun and Dargahi, Farnaz and Bhuiyan, Mohammad Fozlul Haque
Journal or Publication:Computers in Industry
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.compind.2012.01.012
Keywords:Non-commercial services, distributed scheduling, privacy, efficiency, iterative bidding, auction
ID Code:976812
Deposited By: Danielle Dennie
Deposited On:28 Jan 2013 16:59
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43


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