Coordinating distributed actions via agent voting

Arnold B. Urken

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This paper investigates the use of voting policies to coordinate routing decisions in a phone network. Although the social metaphor of voting has been applied to network coordination decision tasks, this study presents the first operational example of a vote-theoretic group decision support system (GDSS) for nodes. The experimental evidence shows that a collective choice voting policy dominates a policy of individual, hierarchical voting in minimizing movement toward system saturation and promoting load balancing. This result provides a basis for using voting policies to create more complex self-correcting networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1990
EventConference on Office Information Systems - Cambridge, MA, USA
Duration: Apr 25 1990Apr 27 1990


OtherConference on Office Information Systems
CityCambridge, MA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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