Group Testing Game

Sadegh Bolouki, Mohammad Hossein Manshaei, Vida Ravanmehr, Angelia Nedich, Tamer Başar

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Group testing offers a cost/time-beneficial method to identify all, but few, infected individuals (defective items in general) among a large set of individuals (items). In a group testing scheme, a series of tests are performed on groups of individuals rather than single individuals. A test on a group determines whether the group contains at least one infected individual. This paper investigates the classical group testing problem from a game-theoretic perspective, where every individual, once called for a test, decides to comply with or defy the call. In this framework, an individual's decision is driven by his knowledge of his well-being, that is healthy or infected. This leads to the so-called group testing game which is formulated in this work. Some simplified versions of the general game as a team game is then presented and analyzed, that result in some novel, generalized group testing problems to be addressed in future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9668-9673
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • Bayesian Games
  • Game Theory
  • Group Testing
  • Nash Equilibrium
  • Team Games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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