On the Averaging Principle Academic Article uri icon


  • Typically, models with a heterogeneous property are considerably harder to analyze than the corresponding homogeneous models, in which the heterogeneous property is replaced with its average value. In this study we show that any outcome of a heterogeneous model that satisfies the two properties of differentiability and interchangibility is O (\epsilon^ 2) equivalent to the outcome of the corresponding homogeneous model, where\epsilon is the level of heterogeneity. We then use this averaging principle to obtain new results in queueing theory, game theory (auctions), and social networks (marketing). Subjects: Classical Analysis and ODEs (math. CA); Mathematical Physics (math-ph) Cite as: arXiv: 1204.0813 [math. CA](or arXiv: 1204.0813 v1 [math. CA] for this version) Submission history From: Gadi Fibich [view email][v1] Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21: 13: 44 GMT (51kb)

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  • January 1, 2012