# Energy-efficient uplink power control for multiuser SIMO systems with imperfect channel state information

- Moonheok Jang
^{1}, - Younggap Kwon
^{1}, - Hyunsung Park
^{1}and - Taewon Hwang
^{1}Email author

**2014**:166

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1499-2014-166

© Jang et al.; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **30 December 2013

**Accepted: **1 October 2014

**Published: **12 October 2014

## Abstract

This paper addresses energy-efficient design for uplink multiuser SIMO systems with imperfect channel state information (CSI) at the base station (BS). Since the CSI at the BS is always imperfect due to the channel estimation error and delay, the imperfectness of the CSI needs to be considered in practical system design. It causes interuser interference at the zero-forcing (ZF) receiver and makes it difficult to obtain the globally optimal power allocation that maximizes the energy efficiency (EE). Hence, we propose a non-cooperative energy-efficient uplink power control game, where each user selfishly updates its own uplink power. The proposed uplink power control game is shown to admit a unique Nash equilibrium. Furthermore, to improve the efficiency of the Nash equilibrium, we study a new game that utilizes a pricing mechanism. For the new game, the existence of a Nash equilibrium and the convergence of the best response dynamics are studied based on super-modularity theory. Simulation results show that the proposed schemes can significantly improve the EEs of the mobile users in uplink multiuser SIMO systems.

### Keywords

Energy efficiency Multiuser Multiple-input and multiple-output Uplink Channel state information Game theory Nash equilibrium## 1 Introduction

Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) has been considered as one of the key technologies for wireless communication systems due to its potential to achieve high spectral efficiency (SE) as well as increased diversity and interference suppression [1]. For this reason, many research on MIMO has focused on increasing the SE [2–6]. On the other hand, the rapid increase in the wireless data traffic has caused dramatic increase in energy consumption of wireless communications, which results in massive greenhouse gas emission and high operation cost [7]. Thus, energy-efficient communication system design is becoming more important in preserving the environment and reducing operation cost. Moreover, energy-efficient design is also important for prolonging the battery life because the development of battery technology has not kept up with the increasing demand on the energy supply for the mobile communications.

For this reason, recent research on MIMO systems has also considered energy-efficient designs [8–19] as well as spectral-efficient designs. For example, in [8], a single-user MIMO system, where the MIMO channel is converted to parallel independent subchannels through singular value decomposition (SVD) and then the transmit power is allocated across the subchannels to maximize the energy efficiency (EE) of the system, is considered. In [9], an energy-efficient precoder design is investigated according to the type of fading, i.e., static, fast, and slow fading. In [10], power allocation and antenna selection are jointly optimized to maximize the EE. In [11], the uplink of a MIMO system is considered, and a mechanism for the mobile terminals to switch between MIMO and single-input multiple-output (SIMO) to increase their EE is proposed. In [12], the downlink of a multiuser MIMO system is considered, and the optimal power allocation that maximizes the EE of the base station (BS), which employs zero-forcing (ZF) beamforming, is designed. In [13], the EE capacity for uplink multiuser MIMO system is defined, and a low-complexity uplink power allocation algorithm that achieves this capacity is proposed. In [15], the optimal number of mobile users in uplink multiuser MIMO systems and the optimal power allocation that maximize the EE are discussed. In [17], the energy-efficient link adaptation for uplink coordinated multi-point (CoMP) systems is investigated.

The above research assumes perfect channel state information (CSI) at the transmitters and/or the receivers. However, CSI is always imperfect due to channel estimation error and delay, and therefore, it is important to consider the impact of imperfect CSI for practical wireless communication system design. So far, only a few research has considered imperfect CSI in EE design for MIMO. In [20], energy-efficient subcarrier and power allocation in the uplink of a multi-carrier interference network are addressed, where only statistical CSI is available at the transmitters. In [21], bandwidth, transmit power, active transmit/receive antenna number, and active user number are adjusted to improve the system-wise energy efficiency in the downlink multiuser MIMO systems assuming imperfect CSI at the BS.

In this paper, we address energy-efficient power control of uplink multiuser SIMO systems with imperfect CSI at the BS. The imperfect CSI causes interuser interference at the ZF receiver and makes it difficult to obtain the globally optimal power allocation that maximizes the EE. Hence, instead of using a conventional optimization-theoretic approach, we propose a non-cooperative energy-efficient uplink power control game, where each user selfishly updates its own uplink power to maximize its own EE. It is shown that the proposed uplink power control game admits a unique Nash equilibrium. Furthermore, to improve the efficiency of the Nash equilibrium, we study a new game that utilizes a pricing mechanism. For the new game, the existence of a Nash equilibrium and the convergence of the best response dynamics are studied based on super-modularity theory. Simulation results show that the proposed schemes can significantly improve the EEs of the mobile users in uplink multiuser SIMO systems.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows: In Section 2, we describe the system model. In Section 3, we define the EE of each mobile user. In Section 4, a non-cooperative energy-efficient uplink power control game is formulated, the existence and the uniqueness of the Nash equilibrium are discussed, and a pricing mechanism is introduced to improve the efficiency of the Nash equilibrium. The numerical results are reported in Section 5, while the concluding remarks are given in Section 6.

*Notations:* Superscripts (·)^{
T
}, (·)^{∗}, and (·)^{
H
} stand for transpose, complex conjugate, and complex conjugate transpose operations, respectively. Uppercase boldface letters are used to denote matrices, whereas lowercase boldface letters are used to denote vectors. **I** stands for an identity matrix. $\parallel \mathbf{\text{x}}\parallel =\sqrt{{\mathbf{\text{x}}}^{H}\mathbf{\text{x}}}$; $\mathcal{C}\mathcal{N}(\mathbf{\text{0}},{\sigma}^{2}\mathbf{\text{I}})$ denotes zero-mean circularly symmetric, complex Gaussian distribution with covariance matrix *σ*^{2}**I**. $E[\phantom{\rule{0.3em}{0ex}}\xb7]$ represents expectation. [**A**]_{
ij
} signifies the *i*-th row, *j*-th column element of matrix **A**. **x** ≽ **y** denotes componentwise inequality between vectors **x** and **y**. ${\text{proj}}_{\mathcal{V}}\mathbf{\text{x}}$ denotes the projection of a vector **x** on a subspace
.

## 2 System model

*K*users, where the BS has

*M*antennas while each user has a single antenna. The received signal vector at the BS can be expressed as

where $\sqrt{{\beta}_{k}}$ is the large-scale fading coefficient from the *k* th user to the BS assumed to be known *a priori*, ${\mathbf{\text{h}}}_{k}\sim \mathcal{C}\mathcal{N}(\mathbf{\text{0}},\mathbf{\text{I}})$ is the *M* × 1 channel vector from the *k* th user to the BS, *x*_{
k
} is the symbol of the *k* th user, and $\mathbf{\text{n}}\sim \mathcal{C}\mathcal{N}(\mathbf{\text{0}},{\sigma}^{2}\mathbf{\text{I}})$ is the *M* × 1 zero-mean additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) vector.

**h**

_{ k }’s using the minimum mean square error (MMSE) estimator. Also, there exists a delay between channel estimation and its actual use. From [22], the relationship between the actual channel

**h**

_{ k }and its estimate ${\widehat{\mathbf{h}}}_{k}$ can be written as

*ρ*

_{ k }is the correlation coefficient between the actual channel and its estimate and ${\mathbf{\text{e}}}_{k}\sim \mathcal{C}\mathcal{N}\left(\mathbf{\text{0}},\left(1-{\rho}_{k}^{2}\right)\mathbf{\text{I}}\right)$. Note that ${\widehat{\mathbf{h}}}_{k}$ and

**e**

_{ k }are Gaussian and orthogonal to each other from the orthogonality principle [23], which implies that ${\widehat{\mathbf{h}}}_{k}$ and

**e**

_{ k }are independent. Then, the BS applies zero-forcing receiver $\mathbf{\text{A}}={\left({\widehat{\mathbf{H}}}^{H}\widehat{\mathbf{H}}\right)}^{-1}{\widehat{\mathbf{H}}}^{H}$ based on the estimated channel $\widehat{\mathbf{H}}=\left[{\widehat{\mathbf{h}}}_{1},\dots ,{\widehat{\mathbf{h}}}_{K}\right]$. Denote ${\mathbf{\text{a}}}_{k}^{T}$ to be the normalized version of the

*k*th row of

**A**. Then, the ZF receiver output for the

*k*th user can be written as

*k*th user can be written as

where *p*_{
k
} = *E*[|*x*_{
k
}|^{2}] and *c*_{
k
} = *β*_{
k
} / *σ*^{2} are transmission power and the channel-to-noise ratio (CIR) of the *k* th user, respectively. Then, the instantaneous rate of the *k* th user is given by^{a}*r*_{
k
} = log(1 + *γ*_{
k
}).

## 3 Energy efficiency

To obtain the distribution of *γ*_{
k
}, we consider the following properties, which are proved in [24].

### Property 1

Consider a *M* × 1 Gaussian random vector $\mathbf{g}\sim \mathcal{C}\mathcal{N}(\mathbf{0},\mathbf{I})$ and a *M* × 1 unit norm random vector **u** (∥**u** ∥ = 1) which is independent of **g**. Then, |**g**^{
T
}**u**|^{2}∼Exp(1) where Exp(*θ*) denotes exponential distribution with mean *θ*.

### Property 2

Consider a vector space
with $\text{dim}\left(\mathcal{V}\right)=m$. Also, define $\mathbf{\text{a}}=\frac{\mathbf{\text{b}}}{\parallel \mathbf{\text{b}}\parallel}$, where $\mathbf{\text{b}}={\text{proj}}_{\mathcal{V}}\mathbf{\text{h}}$, and assume the elements of **h** are i.i.d complex Gaussian random variables with unit variance. Then, $|{\mathbf{\text{h}}}^{H}\mathbf{\text{a}}{|}^{2}\sim \frac{1}{2}{\chi}_{2m}^{2}$ where ${\chi}_{\theta}^{2}$ denotes chi-square distribution with degree of freedom *θ*.

*k*th user

*R*

_{ k }is given by

Since finding a closed form expression of (5) is not easy, we resort to a lower bound of *R*_{
k
} obtained in the following theorem.

### Theorem 1

*A lower bound of the ergodic rate of the kth user in (5) is given by*

*where s*_{
k
} = (*M* - *K*)*c*_{
k
}|*ρ*_{
k
}|^{2} *and i*_{
k
} = *c*_{
k
}(1 - |*ρ*_{
k
}|^{2}), *for k* = 1, …, *K*.

### Proof

See Appendix 1. □

Note that the above lower bound assumes the regime where the number of BS antennas exceeds the number of user, i.e., *M* > *K*. Many recent researches advocate using sufficiently large number of antennas at the BS to increase EE as well as SE [25]. Using large number of antennas at the BS can reduce the transmit power of the mobile users in the uplink and slow down the battery power consumption. For example, in massive MIMO, the BS employs massive number of antennas, say a hundred or a few hundreds of antennas, to improve the EE of users or BS [26].

*k*th user is defined as the average number of information bits that can be reliably conveyed over the channel per unit energy consumption, i.e.,

*p*

_{ c }denotes the circuit power which is independent of the transmission power [27]. Using the lower bound of

*R*

_{ k }, the EE

*η*

_{ k }can be approximated by

where ${I}_{k}=\sum _{j=1,\phantom{\rule{0.3em}{0ex}}j\ne k}^{K}{i}_{j}{p}_{j}+1$.

*η*is defined as the sum of the EEs of the users, i.e., $\eta =\sum _{k=1}^{K}{\eta}_{k}$, which is a function of ${\left\{{p}_{k}\right\}}_{k=1}^{K}$. To maximize the system EE, we need to solve the following problem:

where **p** = [*p*_{1}, …, *p*_{
K
}]^{
T
} denotes the uplink power vector of the users. Finding the optimal **p** that maximizes the system EE using the conventional optimization theory is difficult because the objective function *η* is not concave in **p**. Larger number of users *K* in the system will result in more local maximums, and searching for the globally optimal power allocation for the users would be a daunting task. Hence, in this paper, we consider a game theoretic approach, where each user finds its own uplink power in a distributed fashion^{b}.

## 4 Energy-efficient uplink power control based on pricing

**p**

_{-k}= [

*p*

_{1}, …,

*p*

_{k-1},

*p*

_{k+1}, …,

*p*

_{ K }]

^{ T }to be the power vector of the other users than the

*k*th user. Then, the non-cooperative energy-efficient uplink power control game can be written as

*k*th user, and

*η*

_{ k }(

*p*

_{ k },

**p**

_{d, -k}) is a utility function (EE) the

*k*th user seeks to maximize. The game can be also expressed as the following

*K*coupled problems.

**p**

_{-k}, the best response of the

*k*th user is given by

*η*

_{ k }is a function of both

*p*

_{ k }and

**p**

_{ - k}. The variation of uplink power of one user impacts those of the other users. Equilibrium is the condition in which competing influences are balanced. The most commonly used solution concept in game theory is that of the Nash equilibrium [28]. A Nash equilibrium for the game can be described as a fixed point of the following non-linear equation:

where $B\left({\mathbf{\text{p}}}^{\ast}\right)\triangleq {\left[{B}_{1}\left({\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{-1}^{\ast}\right),{B}_{2}\left({\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{-2}^{\ast}\right),\dots ,{B}_{K}\left({\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{-K}^{\ast}\right)\right]}^{T}$. For more details on the Nash equilibrium, we refer interesting readers to [28].

The game
has a unique Nash equilibrium. The existence and the uniqueness of the Nash equilibrium can be shown by using the results in [29] because the utility in (8) has the same form as the one used in [29]. Note that [29] discusses a game in a relay-assisted network where *K* transmitter-receiver pairs communicate by means of an AF relay. If the direct links between the transmitters and the receivers are ignored, the SINR expression in [29] has the same form as the SINR in (2). An interesting characteristic in the SINR expressions in (2) and [29] is that both SINR expressions have a common term in the denominator that depends on the *k* th user’s signal power (or the *k* th transmitter’s signal power) *p*_{
k
}. While this term is due to the channel estimation error in (2), it is due to the transmit power normalization at the relay in [29].

Now, we discuss the techniques on how to improve the efficiency of the Nash equlibrium of the game
. In the game
, each player only aims to maximize its own EE by adjusting its own power, but it ignores the interference it generates to the other players. Thus, the Nash equilibrium of the game
may be inefficient in the Pareto sense [30]. We say that a strategy profile **p**_{1} is more efficient than another strategy profile **p**_{2} if, for all $k\in \mathcal{K}$, *η*_{
k
}(**p**_{1}) ≥ *η*_{
k
}(**p**_{2}) and for some $k\in \mathcal{K}$, *η*_{
k
}(**p**_{1}) > *η*_{
k
}(**p**_{2}).

is the utility of the *k* th player that incorporates pricing factor *c* > 0. Then, we discuss the existence of a Nash equilibrium of the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$. Note that ${\eta}_{k}^{c}$ is the sum of two quasi-concave functions, which is not necessarily quasi-concave. Here, we resort to super-modularity theory [31] to show the existence of a Nash equilibrium. The formal definition of a supermodular game is provided below.

### Definition 1

*A non-cooperative game*${\mathcal{G}}^{c}\left(\mathcal{K},{\left\{{\mathcal{Q}}_{k}\right\}}_{k=1}^{K},{\left\{{\eta}_{k}^{c}\left({p}_{k},{\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{-k}\right)\right\}}_{k=1}^{K}\right)$

*is a supermodular game if for all*$k\in \mathcal{K}$,

- 1.
${\mathcal{Q}}_{k}$

*is a compact subset of***R** - 2.
${\eta}_{k}^{c}\left({p}_{k},{\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{-k}\right)$

*is upper semi-continuous in*p - 3.
*For all***p**_{-k}≽**p**-*k*′, the quantity ${\eta}_{k}^{c}({p}_{k},{\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{-k})-{\eta}_{k}^{c}({p}_{k},{\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{-k}^{\prime})$*is non-decreasing in*${p}_{k}\in {\mathcal{Q}}_{k}$.

The game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$ in (13) satisfies conditions 1) and 2), but it violates condition 3). Therefore, the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$ is not a supermodular game. However, if the strategy spaces of players are modified appropriately according to Theorem 2, the resulting game becomes supermodular.

### Theorem 2

*Denote the modified strategy space for the kth user as*${\mathcal{Q}}_{k}^{c}\triangleq \left\{{p}_{k}|{p}_{min,k}\le {p}_{k}\le {p}_{\text{max}}\right\}$,

*where*

*with*${I}_{\text{max},k}=\sum _{i=1,i\ne k}^{K}{i}_{j}{p}_{\text{max}}+1$.

*Then, the modified energy-efficient uplink power control game with pricing*

*is a supermodular game.*

### Proof

See Appendix 2. □

**p**= [

*p*

_{min,1}…

*p*

_{min, K}]

^{ T }, the strategy vector converges to ${\mathbf{\text{p}}}_{S}^{\ast}$[32].

Now, we propose an algorithm that finds the pricing factor *c* that improves the system performance of the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$ in the Pareto sense, which is summarized in Algorithm 1. The same mechanism in [30] has been used in Algorithm 1; we first obtain the utilities ${\left\{{\eta}_{k}\right\}}_{k=1}^{K}$ at the Nash equilibrium of the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$ with no pricing, i.e., *c* = 0, which is equivalent to playing the game
. Then, the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$ is played again after incrementing the price by a positive vale *Δ* *c*. If the utilities at this new equilibrium with some positive price *c* improve with respect to the previous instance, the pricing factor is incremented and the procedure is repeated. This process is repeated until an increase in *c* results in utility worse than the previous equilibrium values for at least one player. We declare the last value of *c* with Pareto improvement to be the best pricing factor, *c*_{best}. As will be shown in our simulation, this technique performs very well in improving the efficiency of the Nash equilibrium.

## 5 Numerical results

In this section, we present the performance of our energy-efficient uplink power control scheme obtained by simulations. The system parameters used for simulation are as follows: system bandwidth *W*=10 kHz, noise power spectral density *N*_{0} = -174 dBm/Hz, noise power *σ*^{2} = *N*_{0}*W* = -134 dBm, and maximum transmit power of users *p*_{max} = 23 dBm and circuit power of users *p*_{
c
} = 115.9 mW.

**p**

^{(i + 1)}=

*B*(

**p**

^{(i)}) of the game when the BS has

*M*=8 antennas and there are

*K*=4 users. The initial uplink power vector is chosen as

**p**

^{(0)}=

**0**. As shown in the figure, the uplink powers of the users obtained by the best response dynamics converges to the Nash equilibrium within a few iterations. Here, we choose

*ρ*=0.9995 when the CSI is imperfect. According to [22], the correlation coefficient between the actual channel and its estimate can be written as

*ρ*=

*ρ*

_{ e }

*ρ*

_{ d }, where 0 ≤

*ρ*

_{ e }≤ 1 and 0 ≤

*ρ*

_{ d }≤ 1 are due to the estimation error and the delay, respectively. From Jakes’ model,

*ρ*

_{ d }=

*J*

_{0}(2

*π*

*T*

_{ d }

*f*

_{ d }), where

*T*

_{ d }and

*f*

_{ d }are the time delay and the maximal Doppler frequency, respectively. Assuming

*ρ*

_{ e }= 1,

*T*

_{ d }= 1/14 ms, and the speed of the user is 5 km/h, we can obtain 0.9995.

where the utility of each player ${u}_{k}^{s}={R}_{k}^{\text{lower}}$ is the lower bound of the ergodic rate in (6). It is clear that the Nash equilibrium of the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{s}$ is **p**^{∗} = [*p*_{max} ⋯ *p*_{max}]^{
T
} because ${R}_{k}^{\text{lower}}$ is monotone increasing in *p*_{
k
}.

*r*

_{ k }/ (

*p*

_{ k }+

*p*

_{ c }) and the instantaneous rate

*r*

_{ k }of the

*K*= 4 users, respectively. As expected, the EE of the proposed scheme is better than that of the spectral-efficient uplink power control scheme for each user as shown in Figure 2. It is interesting that the average rate of the proposed scheme is also better than that of the spectral-efficient uplink power control scheme as shown in Figure 3. This can be explained as follows. Since log

*x*is an increasing function in

*x*>0, the best response of the proposed scheme in (11) can be equivalently written as

which implies that the energy-efficient uplink power control game can be regarded as a variation of the spectral-efficient game ${\mathcal{G}}^{s}$ with a pricing. Since the game applies a penalty to a power consumption, the players in tend to use the power in a conservative way. This reduces the interference to the other players and the average rate of the users can be improved.

*K*= 2 users and plots their transmit powers and EEs obtained by the best response dynamics of the proposed game for different values of channel certainty measure in correlation coefficient

*ρ*

_{ k }. As shown in the figure, when the BS has higher

*ρ*

_{ k }s, less transmit powers are required and higher EEs can be achieved for the users. Figure 5 shows the EE versus the number of BS antennas. Since the receive beamforming gain increases as the number of transmit antennas increases, the EEs of the users increase accordingly.

*η*

_{1},

*η*

_{2}) and locates the Nash equilibriums of the game and the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$. Figure 7 shows the corresponding transmit powers of the users. The Nash equilibrium of the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$ achieves a Pareto improvement over that of the game . This increase in the efficiency of the Nash equilibrium is due to the fact that the players of the game ${\mathcal{G}}^{c}$ spend less power motivated by the price than those in the game , which is more favorable to the other players’ EE.

## 6 Conclusions

We have considered energy-efficient transmit power control for uplink multiuser SIMO systems when the BS has imperfect CSI using a game-theoretic approach. The proposed energy-efficient uplink power control game is shown to have at least one Nash equilibrium. Furthermore, the uniqueness of the Nash equilibrium as well as the convergence of the best response dynamics is shown. To improve the efficiency of the Nash equilibrium, we propose a new game that utilizes a pricing mechanism. For the new game, the existence and the convergence of the best response dynamics is also investigated by using the super-modularity theory. Finally, we propose a simple algorithm to find the pricing factor that improves the system performance in the Pareto sense. From the simulation results, we can see that the proposed energy-efficient power control schemes significantly enhance the EE of the users in uplink multiuser SIMO systems.

## Endnotes

^{a} In this paper, metrics are computed in units of nats/s to simplify the expressions and analysis, with 1 nats/s = 1.443 bits/s.

^{b} There are some low-complexity optimization methods that can reduce the complexity of the exhaustive search. For example, monotonic optimization [33] effectively reduces the feasible region when the object function to be maximized is increasing.

## Appendices

### Appendix 1

#### Proof of Theorem 1

*R*

_{ k },

**e**

_{ j }, we have

*a*) can be written as

*b*) is the expectation of an inverse gamma distributed random variable [35]. Therefore, (

*b*) can be written as

where ${s}_{k}=(M-K){c}_{k}{\rho}_{k}^{2}$ and ${i}_{k}={c}_{k}(1-{\rho}_{k}^{2})$.

### Appendix 2

#### Proof of Theorem 2

**p**

_{-k}≽

**p**-

*k*′. Note that (20) can be written as

*v*(

*p*

_{ k }) =

*p*

_{ k }+

*p*

_{ c }and

*p*

_{ k }> 0. Also, we observe that

*w*(

*p*

_{ k }) < 0 for

*p*

_{ k }> 0 because

*I*

_{ k }≥

*I*

*k*′ for

**p**

_{-k}≽

**p**-

*k*′. Then, we find ${\mathcal{Q}}_{k}^{c}$ such that

*w*(

*p*

_{ k }) is increasing in ${p}_{k}\in {\mathcal{Q}}_{k}^{c}$, i.e., $\frac{\mathrm{\partial w}}{\partial {p}_{k}}\ge 0$, or equivalently,

*a*=

*s*

_{ k }

*i*

_{ k }(

*I*

_{ k }-

*I*

*k*′),

*b*=

*i*

_{ k }(

*I*

*k*′ -

*I*

_{ k }), and $c={I}_{{k}^{\prime}}^{2}-{I}_{k}^{2}$. By solving the quadratic Equation in (22), we see that if

*b*(

*p*

_{ k }) is increasing. Since

*I*

_{ k }+

*I*

*k*′ ≤ 2

*I*

_{max,k}, where ${I}_{\text{max},k}=\sum _{j=1,j\ne k}^{K}{i}_{j}{p}_{\text{max}}+1$, we have

Since 1) $\frac{1}{v\left({p}_{k}\right)}>0$ is decreasing in *p*_{
k
} > 0 and 2) *w*(*p*_{
k
}) < 0 is increasing in *p*_{
k
} ≥ *p*_{min,k}, it is clear that *g*(*p*_{
k
}) is non-decreasing in *p*_{
k
} ≥ *p*_{min,k}.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2013R1A1A2012202).

## Authors’ Affiliations

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