Popular Matchings with Lower Quotas
We consider the well-studied Hospital Residents (HR) problem in the presence of lower quotas (LQ). The input instance consists of a bipartite graph G = (R U H, E) where R and H denote sets of residents and hospitals, respectively. Every vertex has a preference list that imposes a strict ordering on its neighbors. In addition, each hospital has an associated upper-quota and a lower-quota. A matching M in G is an assignment of residents to hospitals, and M is said to be feasible if every resident is assigned to at most one hospital and a hospital is assigned at least its lower-quota many residents
and at most its upper-quota many residents.
Stability is a de-facto notion of optimality in a model where both sets of vertices have preferences. A matching is stable if no unassigned pair has an incentive to deviate from it. It is well-known that an instance of the HRLQ problem need not admit a feasible stable matching. In this paper, we consider the notion of popularity for the HRLQ problem. A matching M is popular if no other matching M' gets more votes than M when vertices vote between M and M'. When there are no lower quotas, there always exists a stable matching and it is known that every stable matching is popular.
We show that in an HRLQ instance, although a feasible stable matching need not exist, there is always a matching that is popular in the set of feasible matchings. We give an efficient algorithm to compute a maximum cardinality matching that is popular amongst all the feasible matchings in an HRLQ instance.
bipartite matchings
preferences
hospital residents
lower-quota
popular matchings
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Meghana
Nasre
Meghana Nasre
Prajakta
Nimbhorkar
Prajakta Nimbhorkar
10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2017.44
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