Multi-user variability configuration: A game theoretic approach

Jesus Garcia-Galan, Pablo Trinidad, Antonio Ruiz-Cortes
2013 2013 28th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE)  
Multi-user configuration is a neglected problem in variability-intensive systems area. The appearance of conflicts among user configurations is a main concern. Current approaches focus on avoiding such conflicts, applying the mutual exclusion principle. However, this perspective has a negative impact on users satisfaction, who cannot make any decision fairly. In this work, we propose an interpretation of multi-user configuration as a game theoretic problem. Game theory is a well-known
more » ... ell-known discipline which analyzes conflicts and cooperation among intelligent rational decisionmakers. We present a taxonomy of multi-user configuration approaches, and how they can be interpreted as different problems of game theory. We focus on cooperative game theory to propose and automate a tradeoff-based bargaining approach, as a way to solve the conflicts and maximize user satisfaction at the same time.
doi:10.1109/ase.2013.6693115 dblp:conf/kbse/Garcia-GalanTC13 fatcat:oxq4anmn6jexrpxrebd6ds66qi