Coordination capacity

Paul Warner Cuff, Haim H. Permuter, Thomas M. Cover

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We develop elements of a theory of cooperation and coordination in networks. Rather than considering a communication network as a means of distributing information, or of reconstructing random processes at remote nodes, we ask what dependence can be established among the nodes given the communication constraints. Specifically, in a network with communication rates {Ri,j between the nodes, we ask what is the set of all achievable joint distributions p(x1,⋯, xm) of actions at the nodes of the network. Several networks are solved, including arbitrarily large cascade networks. Distributed cooperation can be the solution to many problems such as distributed games, distributed control, and establishing mutual information bounds on the influence of one part of a physical system on another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5550277
Pages (from-to)4181-4206
Number of pages26
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Common randomness
  • Wyner common information
  • cooperation capacity
  • coordination capacity
  • network dependence
  • rate distortion
  • source coding
  • strong Markov lemma
  • task assignment


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