### Abstract

We introduce a single-valued solution concept, the so-called average covering tree value, for the class of transferable utility games with limited communication structure represented by a directed graph. The solution is the average of the marginal contribution vectors corresponding to all covering trees of the directed graph. The covering trees of a directed graph are those (rooted) trees on the set of players that preserve the dominance relations between the players prescribed by the directed graph. The average covering tree value is component efficient, and under a particular convexity-type condition it is stable. For transferable utility games with complete communication structure the average covering tree value equals to the Shapley value of the game. If the graph is the directed analog of an undirected graph the average covering tree value coincides with the gravity center solution.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 315–333 |

Journal | Journal of Combinatorial Optimization |

Volume | 39 |

Issue number | 2 |

Early online date | 30 Nov 2019 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Feb 2020 |

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### Scopus subject areas

- Control and Optimization
- Applied Mathematics
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Computer Science Applications
- Computational Theory and Mathematics

### Cite this

*Journal of Combinatorial Optimization*,

*39*(2), 315–333. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10878-019-00471-5