[bitcoin-dev] Fee estimates and RBF

Jeremy jlrubin at mit.edu
Sat May 1 00:11:42 UTC 2021

Hi Prayank,

Very glad to hear you are weathering the storm OK, wishing you and yours
safety in the weeks ahead.

I think you'll be interested to see
especially with regards to background services.

In the long term, this can be particularly useful since you can use a
separate fee-only wallet to arrange the bumps if your main wallet keys are
offline, and you do not disturb any of the on-chain dependants.

It can also be much cheaper to use this mechanism than actual RBF because
you are not subject to the feerate improvement rule, which forces you to
pay for the bump on all tx data.

I would be very interested to see a system whereby you can make a market
(maybe via LN) for someone to get your TX included (using oracle network
OK) by a particular date. Then you can abstract the whole system a lot
better, so that you can fee bump without having to create any direct on
chain traffic, and a sponsor vector can be offered across a number of txns
by a service provider.


@JeremyRubin <https://twitter.com/JeremyRubin>

On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 2:40 PM Prayank via bitcoin-dev <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> Hello World,
> I hope everyone is doing okay. Things are not good in India and even I was
> tested covid positive few days back. Recovered and feeling better now.
> Hoping everything gets back to normal soon.
> There are different estimations used in wallets, explorers and other
> Bitcoin projects. For example: `estimatesmartfee` in Bitcoin Core (One of
> the implementation for Bitcoin which is used more but not official as there
> is nothing official in Bitcoin).  Are different estimations misleading and
> affect the way fees are used in Bitcoin transactions? Will it be better if
> we just share mempool stats and user can decide the fee rate accordingly?
> If I compare this with BTCUSD orderbook on any exchange, are we trying to
> estimate at what price buy order will get filled in certain time? Does that
> make sense?
> Mempool Stats: https://i.imgur.com/r4XKk2p.png
> BTCUSD Orderbook: https://i.imgur.com/ylGVHJB.png
> I consider it misleading because lot of users think a transaction with fee
> rate 1-5 sat/vByte will be included in 1 week or maybe a transaction with X
> sat/VByte will be included in Y time which is not true. Users can decide
> the fee rate and can do bidding, transaction will be included based on
> demand, supply and miners.
> Will it be better if the wallets used this approach?
> 1.Show mempool stats
> 2.Leave the fee rate for user to decide
> 3.RBF every transaction and follow different algorithms for automated
> bidding
> A basic algorithm for automated bidding can be:
> https://i.stack.imgur.com/1SlPv.png
> Such RBF algos can be helpful for users when Bitcoin wallets are open in
> background. Maybe it will work better for mobile wallets in which you can
> see a notification every time transaction is replaced with a new fee rate
> automatically.
> I wanted to know what others think about this approach of creating and
> using different RBF algos instead of predicting something that is difficult
> or doesn't make sense. Also if there was a way we could achieve this even
> if the user goes offline. For example: Alice broadcasts Tx1 with 1
> sat/vByte, its replaced with Tx2 (2 sat/vByte) after 2 blocks because Tx1
> was not confirmed. Alice decides to shut down her system or switch off
> mobile or mobile data. Tx2 is still not confirmed after another 2 blocks
> but it has some information as one OP_RETURN output which is used by
> Bitcoin nodes that see this transaction in the mempool. Bob's node use this
> information to replace the transaction with Tx3 and use fee rate 3
> sat/vByte.
> --
> Prayank
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