CS395T: Agent-Based Electronic Commerce -- Fall 2003: Resources Page

Resources for Agent-Based Electronic Commerce (cs395t)


Week 1 (8/28): Introduction

  • Slides from 8/28: pdf.
  • Some slides that refer to the Beauty Contest problmem from Colin Camerer: ppt.
  • An extensive discussion on the Beauty Contest problem, including an explanation for the name.
  • Our data for Beauty Contest
  • 40 1 70 33 33.333 33.33 42 66 0 22 33.3 32 20 26 33.34 66.666 35 40
  • mean = 34.83
  • 2/3 mean = 23.22
  • Winning entry = 22 (Mazda Ahmadi)

  • Week 2 (9/2,4): Auction theory

  • Slides from 9/2: pdf.
  • Slides from 9/4: pdf.
  • Klemperer's virtual book including some exercises and solutions related to the readings.
  • A couple of links on marginal revenue:
  • http://ingrimayne.saintjoe.edu/econ/elasticity/RevEtDemand.html http://www.bized.co.uk/stafsup/exams/revec_monop.htm relates it specifically to the case of monopolies, which is used by Klemperer.!-->
  • Auctions: an Introduction by Elmar Wolfstetter starts out with the marginal revenue approach, including the standard graph. (To get the article, go to the bottom where it says "download info")
  • Thanks to Alex, a brief section at the end of this document gives some more intuition about the standard definitions of risk aversion.
  • The envelope theorem is refered to in the Milgrom reading.
  • A couple links about bidding rings on eBay:
  • A high-profile painting-based ring was busted.
  • Another later ring for glass.

  • Week 3 (9/9,11): Game theory and mechanism design

  • Slides from 9/9: pdf.
  • Slides from 9/11: pdf.
  • Game theory
  • gametheory.net
  • Some useful slides (part C) from Michael Bowling.
  • Tuomas Sandolm's IJCAI Computers and Thought award talk is available from his home page (powerpoint with audio).

  • Week 4 (9/16,18): FCC spectrum auctions

  • Slides from 9/16: pdf.
  • Slides from 9/18: pdf.
  • The FCC auction site. Note that The 700 MHz auction (the combinatorial one) hasn't actually happened yet.
  • multiagent.com

  • Week 5 (9/23,25): Trading agent competitions

  • Slides from 9/23: pdf. And a few more on the boosting approach: ps.
  • Slides from 9/25: pdf.
  • University of Michigan Trading Agent Competition (TAC)
  • SICS Trading Agent Competition (TAC)
  • Here's the paper Guru was talking about pertaining to combining boosting and bagging.
  • The beer game as a model for supply chain ripples (suggested by Saurabh).
  • A short paper on the supply chain game (thanks to Mazda)
  • Information about RedAgent from McGill.

  • Week 6 (9/30,10/2): The Penn-Lehman Automated Trading Project

  • Slides from 9/30: pdf.
  • AAMAS-03 Workshop on "Agent Mediated Electronic Commerce V" (AMEC V).
    Two Stock-Trading Agents: Market Making and Technical Analysis(pdf).
    Yi Feng, Ronggang Yu, and Peter Stone
  • The Fifth International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC-03).
    Performance Analysis of a Counter-intuitive Automated Stock-Trading Strategy (pdf).
    Also in IJCAI-03 Workshop on "Trading Agent Design and Analysis" (TADA).
    Ronggang Yu and Peter Stone
  • The SEC has some definitions of order types on their page. (Thanks to Guru)
  • A summary of the SOBI strategy.

  • Week 7 (10/7,9): Market-Based Control and Active Learning

  • Slides from 10/7: pdf. Ram's slides: pdf.

  • Week 8 (10/14,16): General Equilibrium Theory

  • Alan's slides: pdf.
  • Slides from 10/16: pdf.
  • Two papers on Braess' paradox:
  • Computational Social Dilemmas (Glance and Hogg)
  • Collective Intelligence and Braess' Paradox (Tumer and Wolpert)

  • Week 9 (10/21,23): Reputation

  • Slides from 10/21: pdf. Long's slides: pdf.
  • Karen's slides from 10/23: pdf.
  • A page explaining Coase's Theorem in detail.
  • An article about eBay's reputation system. (courtesy of Guru)
  • For the PLAT people, a link specifying the details of the Sharpe ratio.
  • A paper on Trustworthy Service Composition: Challenges and Research Questions by Munindar Singh. (courtesy of Karen).

  • Week 10 (10/28,30): Supply Chains

  • Saurabh's slides from 10/28: pdf.
  • Alex's slides from 10/30: html.
  • The Kaelbling et al. survey that Saurabh mentioned as a source for learning about MDPs.
  • The paper on a multiagent approach to modeling supply chain dynamics that Saurabh mentioned.

  • Week 11 (11/4,6): Market-based routing and Information Economy

  • Shimon's slides from 11/4: pdf.
  • Ronggang's slides from 11/6: pdf.
  • A tutorial on queueing systems.
  • Some more details about M/M/1.
  • A simulator.
  • Another good overview of queueing theory.
  • A paper by Michael LIttman and me on Implicit Negotiation in Repeated Games that is related to Stackleberg equilibria.

  • Week 12 (11/11,13): Preference elicitation

  • Guru's slides from 11/13: pdf.
  • Tony Cassandra's POMDP page

  • Week 13 (11/18,20): Human preferences and combinatorial auctions)

  • Harish's slides from 11/18: pdf, ppt.
  • Mazda's slides from 11/20: pdf.
  • Definition of indifference curves
  • Definition of the income effect
  • The Media Equation

  • Week 14 (11/25): EBay Studies)

  • Prashanth's slides from 11/25: pdf.

  • Week 15 (12/2,4): Tournament(s) and project reports

  • Ronggang's slides from 12/2: pdf.
  • Karen's and Prashanth's slides from 12/4: pdf.
  • Some slides on TacTex: pdf.
  • Learning to Trade via Direct Reinforcement
    by John Moody and Matthew Saffell
    IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 12(4), July 2001.

  • Final TAC SCM scores:
    Dropping worst 3 scores:              All scores:
    
    Long             18 284 770.8         Long             15 320 384.1
    Mazda            13 839 416.7         Mazda            11 249 516.8
    Saurabh/Shimon     -162 788.6         Saurabh/Shimon     -522 325.6
    Prashanth/Karen  -9 143 497.4         Prashanth/Karen -11 836 946.1
    Alan            -45 009 231.5         Alan            -47 685 628.2 
    
  • Final PLAT scores:
    All historical:            Mix of live and historical:
    
    Harish:    0.5432          Harish:   -0.0355
    Guru:      0.27738         Alex:     -0.14438
    Ram:       0.064728        Guru:     -0.467443
    Alex:     -0.1702          Ram:      -0.50657
    Ronggang: -0.7             Ronngang: -0.6675
    
  • Final Reports:
    TAC SCM:                   PLAT:            
    
    Long                       Harish (Appendix)
    Mazda                      Alex
    Saurabh/Shimon (Table)     Guru
    Prashanth/Karen            Ram
    Alan                      
    

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