When playing specific classes of no-regret algorithms (especially, multiplicative updates) in atomic congestion games, some previous convergence analyses were done with a standard Rosenthal potential function in terms of mixed strategy profiles (probability distributions on atomic flows), which may not be convex. In several other works, the convergence analysis was done with a convex potential function in terms of nonatomic flows as an approximation of the Rosenthal one in terms of distributions. It can be seen that though with different techniques, the properties from convexity help there, especially for convergence time. However, it would be always a valid question to ask if convergence can still be guaranteed directly with the Rosenthal potential function, playing mirror descents individually in atomic congestion games. We answer this affirmatively by showing the convergence, individually playing discrete mirror descents with the help of the smoothness property similarly adopted in many previous works for congestion games and Fisher (and some more general) markets and individually playing continuous mirror descents with the separability of regularization functions.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||CEUR Workshop Proceedings|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2016|
|Event||9th International Conference on Discrete Optimization and Operations Research, DOOR 2016 - Vladivostok, Russian Federation|
Duration: 19 Sep 2016 → 23 Sep 2016