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FollowMe: One Social Importance-Based Collaborative Scheme in MONs

School of Computer and Information Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453000, Henan, China
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Future Internet 2019, 11(4), 98;
Received: 24 March 2019 / Revised: 12 April 2019 / Accepted: 15 April 2019 / Published: 17 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Techno-Social Smart Systems)
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The performance of mobile opportunistic networks mainly relies on collaboration among nodes. Thus far, researchers have ignored the influence of node sociality on the incentive process, leading to poor network performance. Considering the fact that followers always imitate the behavior of superstars, this paper proposes FollowMe, which integrates the social importance of nodes with evolutionary game theory to improve the collaborative behavior of nodes. First, we use the prisoner’s dilemma model to establish the matrix of game gains between nodes. Second, we introduce the signal reference as a game rule between nodes. The number of nodes choosing different strategies in a game round is used to calculate the cumulative income of the node in combination with the probability formula. Finally, the Fermi function is used to determine whether the node updates the strategy. The simulation results show that, compared with the random update rule, the proposed strategy is more capable of promoting cooperative behavior between nodes to improve the delivery rate of data packets. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile opportunistic networks; cooperative forwarding; evolutionary game theory; social importance mobile opportunistic networks; cooperative forwarding; evolutionary game theory; social importance

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Yuan, P.; Pang, X.; Liu, P.; Zhang, E. FollowMe: One Social Importance-Based Collaborative Scheme in MONs. Future Internet 2019, 11, 98.

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