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A strategy-proof trust mechanism for pervasive computing environments


Wei, Zhiqiang and Zhou, Wei and Kang, Mijun and Collins, M and Nixon, PA, A strategy-proof trust mechanism for pervasive computing environments, IEEE 6th International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems, 2009. MASS '09, 12-15 Oct. 2009, Macau, pp. 728 - 733 . ISBN 978-1-4244-5113-5 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/MOBHOC.2009.5336929


As pervasive applications become prevalent in our day-to-day lives, the interactions of service provision and consumption between unknown and strange users are commonplace. Trust and reputation systems play a vital role in such application scenarios. One of the problems is that selfish users are reluctant to render the truthful recommendation without incentive. Even if there are incentives, self-interested users may maximise their profit by falsely declaring their opinions strategically. In this paper, we propose a strategy-proof trust mechanism which is a VCG (Vickrey-Clarke-Groves) mechanism for honest recommendation elicitation. The characteristics of the mechanism, such as the characteristics of social choice function and the properties of the payments, are also discussed. Simulation results show that our mechanism is effective in preventing strategic manipulation and guarantee that selfish users will give honest recommendations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Application software packages
UTAS Author:Nixon, PA (Professor Paddy Nixon)
ID Code:70123
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-06-03
Last Modified:2015-02-13

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