On Traveling Salesman Games with Asymmetric Costs

We consider cooperative traveling salesman games with non-negative asymmetric costs satisfying the triangle inequality. We construct a stable cost allocation with budget balance guarantee equal to the Held-Karp integrality gap for the asymmetric traveling salesman problem, using the parsimonious property and a previously unknown connection to linear production games. We also show that our techniques extend to larger classes of network design games. We then provide a simple example showing that our cost allocation does not necessarily achieve the best possible budget balance guarantee, even among cost allocations stable for the game defined by the Held-Karp relaxation, and discuss its implications on future work on traveling salesman games.


Submitted April 2012. Revised March 2013. Revised July 2013.



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