The Query Complexity of Cake CuttingDownload PDF

Published: 31 Oct 2022, Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023NeurIPS 2022 AcceptReaders: Everyone
Keywords: fair division, cake cutting, query complexity, lower bounds, upper bounds
TL;DR: We consider the query complexity of cake cutting and show upper and lower bounds for finding approximately fair allocations (e.g. envy-free, perfect, equitable) in the standard query model for cake cutting.
Abstract: We consider the query complexity of cake cutting in the standard query model and give lower and upper bounds for computing approximately envy-free, perfect, and equitable allocations with the minimum number of cuts. The lower bounds are tight for computing contiguous envy-free allocations among $n=3$ players and for computing perfect and equitable allocations with minimum number of cuts between $n=2$ players. For $\epsilon$-envy-free allocations with contiguous pieces, we also give an upper bound of $O(n/\epsilon)$ and lower bound of $\Omega(\log(1/\epsilon))$ queries for any number $n \geq 3$ of players. We also formalize moving knife procedures and show that a large subclass of this family, which captures all the known moving knife procedures, can be simulated efficiently with arbitrarily small error in the Robertson-Webb query model.
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