Making decisions based on the preferences of multiple agents

Vincent Conitzer
2010 Communications of the ACM  
People often have to reach a joint decision even though they have conflicting preferences over the alternatives. Examples range from the mundane-such as allocating chores among the members of a household-to the sublime-such as electing a government and thereby charting the course for a country. The joint decision can be reached by an informal negotiating process or by a carefully specified protocol. Philosophers, mathematicians, political scientists, economists, and others have studied the
more » ... s of various protocols for centuries. More recently, especially over the course of the past decade or so, computer scientists have also become deeply involved in this study. The perhaps surprising arrival of computer scientists on this scene is due to a variety of reasons, including the following.
doi:10.1145/1666420.1666442 fatcat:q7cvzkjwurh37braewydaqfmqi