New Market Models and Algorithms: Part 1
Speaker: Vijay Vazirani , Georgia Institute of TechnologyContact:
Date: September 26 2006
Time: 4:15PM to 5:30AM
Host: Madhu Sudan, MIT
Kevin Matulef, firstname.lastname@example.orgRelevant URL: http://theory.lcs.mit.edu/theory-seminars/calendar.html
The notion of a ``market'' has undergone a paradigm shift with the Internet -- totally new and highly successful markets have been defined and launched by companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, MSN and Ebay. Another major change is the availability of massive computational power for running these markets in a centralized or distributed manner.
In view of these new realities, the study of market equilibria, an important, though essentially non-algorithmic, theory within Mathematical Economics, needs to be revived and rejuvenated with an inherently algorithmic approach. Such a theory should not only address traditional market models but also define new models for some of the new markets.
In this two-talk series, I will give a feel for the exciting work going on on this front. Interestingly enough, this work has also contributed handsomely to the theory of algorithms itself. In particular, the highly successful primal-dual schema from exact and approximation algorithms, which was so far used for combinatorially solving special classes of linear programs, has been extended to solving nonlinear convex programs.
Both talks are self-contained; the first is meant for a general audience.
1). Resource Allocation Markets
This talk is based on the following three papers:
2). Spending Constraint Utilities, with Applications to the Adwords Market
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