Pyramidal values Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2014

start page

  • 233

end page

  • 252


  • 1


  • 217

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 0254-5330

electronic international standard serial number (EISSN)

  • 1572-9338


  • We propose and analyze a new type of values for cooperative TU-games, which we call pyramidal values. Assuming that the grand coalition is sequentially formed, and all orderings are equally likely, we define a pyramidal value to be any expected payoff in which the entrant player receives a salary, and the rest of his marginal contribution to the just formed coalition is distributed among the incumbent players. We relate the pyramidal-type sharing scheme we propose with other sharing schemes, and we also obtain some known values by means of this kind of pyramidal procedures. In particular, we show that the Shapley value can be obtained by means of an interesting pyramidal procedure that distributes nonzero dividends among the incumbents. As a result, we obtain an alternative formulation of the Shapley value based on a measure of complementarity between two players. Finally, we introduce the family of proportional pyramidal values, in which an incumbent receives a dividend in proportion to his initial investment, measured by means of his marginal contribution.


  • game theory; tu games; pyramidal values; procedural values; shapley value; co-values; consensus values; egalitarian shapley values