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Title:Efficient Algorithms for Unknown Markets
Speaker:Martin Hoefer
coming from:Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik - D1
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Event Type:AG1 Mittagsseminar (own work)
Visibility:D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, RG1, SWS, MMCI
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Level:AG Audience
Date, Time and Location
Date:Thursday, 21 April 2016
Duration:45 Minutes
Building:E1 4
This talk surveys our recent work on revealed preference problems in classic market models without information about the number of agents, their individual utilities and endowments. Here we only rely on queries that return aggregate demand for goods in order to, e.g., learn utility functions or compute a market equilibrium.

As a main result, we design a simple ascending-price algorithm to compute a (1+eps)-approx. equilibrium in exchange markets with weak gross substitute (WGS) property. It runs in time polynomial in market parameters and log(1/eps). This is the first efficient algorithm for this broad class of markets which is easy to implement and avoids heavy machinery such as the ellipsoid method. Moreover, we show how to extend our approach to obtain the first efficient algorithm for exact equilibria in markets with spending constraint utilities. Finally, we touch upon a novel descending-price technique that yields the first efficient algorithm for Fisher markets with budget-additive utilities.

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