Yashodhan Kanoria

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Computer Science - Multiagent Systems (4)
 
Computer Science - Computer Science and Game Theory (4)
 
Computer Science - Information Theory (3)
 
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Publications Authored By Yashodhan Kanoria

We show a tight lower bound of $\Omega(N \log\log N)$ on the number of transmissions required to compute the parity of $N$ input bits with constant error in a noisy communication network of $N$ randomly placed sensors, each having one input bit and communicating with others using local transmissions with power near the connectivity threshold. This result settles the lower bound question left open by Ying, Srikant and Dullerud (WiOpt 06), who showed how the sum of all the $N$ bits can be computed using $O(N \log\log N)$ transmissions. The same lower bound has been shown to hold for a host of other functions including majority by Dutta and Radhakrishnan (FOCS 2008). Read More

We study the problem of optimizing a graph-structured objective function under \emph{adversarial} uncertainty. This problem can be modeled as a two-persons zero-sum game between an Engineer and Nature. The Engineer controls a subset of the variables (nodes in the graph), and tries to assign their values to maximize an objective function. Read More

One of the most important challenges in the integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid lies in their `intermittent' nature. The power output of sources like wind and solar varies with time and location due to factors that cannot be controlled by the provider. Two strategies have been proposed to hedge against this variability: 1) use energy storage systems to effectively average the produced power over time; 2) exploit distributed generation to effectively average production over location. Read More

The deletion channel is the simplest point-to-point communication channel that models lack of synchronization. Input bits are deleted independently with probability d, and when they are not deleted, they are not affected by the channel. Despite significant effort, little is known about the capacity of this channel, and even less about optimal coding schemes. Read More

We consider the decentralized binary hypothesis testing problem on trees of bounded degree and increasing depth. For a regular tree of depth t and branching factor k>=2, we assume that the leaves have access to independent and identically distributed noisy observations of the 'state of the world' s. Starting with the leaves, each node makes a decision in a finite alphabet M, that it sends to its parent in the tree. Read More

We consider a set of agents who are attempting to iteratively learn the 'state of the world' from their neighbors in a social network. Each agent initially receives a noisy observation of the true state of the world. The agents then repeatedly 'vote' and observe the votes of some of their peers, from which they gain more information. Read More

Bargaining networks model social or economic situations in which agents seek to form the most lucrative partnership with another agent from among several alternatives. There has been a flurry of recent research studying Nash bargaining solutions (also called 'balanced outcomes') in bargaining networks, so that we now know when such solutions exist, and also that they can be computed efficiently, even by market agents behaving in a natural manner. In this work we study a generalization of Nash bargaining, that models the possibility of unequal 'bargaining powers'. Read More

We consider a one-sided assignment market or exchange network with transferable utility and propose a model for the dynamics of bargaining in such a market. Our dynamical model is local, involving iterative updates of 'offers' based on estimated best alternative matches, in the spirit of pairwise Nash bargaining. We establish that when a balanced outcome (a generalization of the pairwise Nash bargaining solution to networks) exists, our dynamics converges rapidly to such an outcome. Read More

The deletion channel is the simplest point-to-point communication channel that models lack of synchronization. Despite significant effort, little is known about its capacity, and even less about optimal coding schemes. In this paper we intiate a new systematic approach to this problem, by demonstrating that capacity can be computed in a series expansion for small deletion probability. Read More

Bargaining networks model the behavior of a set of players that need to reach pairwise agreements for making profits. Nash bargaining solutions are special outcomes of such games that are both stable and balanced. Kleinberg and Tardos proved a sharp algorithmic characterization of such outcomes, but left open the problem of how the actual bargaining process converges to them. Read More

A voter sits on each vertex of an infinite tree of degree $k$, and has to decide between two alternative opinions. At each time step, each voter switches to the opinion of the majority of her neighbors. We analyze this majority process when opinions are initialized to independent and identically distributed random variables. Read More