Low-complexity Learning For Dynamic Spectrum Access In Multi-User Multi-Channel Networks

Authors:
Sunjung Kang UNIST, Korea
Changhee Joo UNIST, Korea

Abstract:

In Cognitive Radio Networks (CRNs), dynamic spectrum access allows (unlicensed) users to identify and access unused channels opportunistically, thus improves spectrum utility. In this paper, we address the user-channel allocation problem in multiuser multi-channel CRNs without a prior knowledge of channel statistics. A reward of a channel is stochastic with unknown distribution, and statistically different for each user. Each user either explores a channel to learn the channel statistics, or exploits the channel with the highest expected reward based on information collected so far. Further, a channel should be accessed exclusively by one user at a time due to a collision. Using multi-armed bandit framework, we develop a provably efficient solution whose computational complexity is linear to the number of users and channels.

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