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Journal of Mathematics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 956039, 6 pages
Research Article

A Modified Resource Distribution Fairness Measure

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA

Received 19 August 2012; Revised 3 October 2012; Accepted 1 November 2012

Academic Editor: Keqin Gu

Copyright © 2013 Zhenmin Chen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An important issue of resource distribution is the fairness of the distribution. For example, computer network management wishes to distribute network resource fairly to its users. To describe the fairness of the resource distribution, a quantitative fairness score function was proposed in 1984 by Jain et al. The purpose of this paper is to propose a modified network sharing fairness function so that the users can be treated differently according to their priority levels. The mathematical properties are discussed. The proposed fairness score function keeps all the nice properties of and provides better performance when the network users have different priority levels.