Designing the Ad Auctions Game for the Trading Agent Competition

PR Jordan and MP Wellman

IJCAI-09 Workshop on Trading Agent Design and Analysis, July 2009.

revised version appears in David et al. (eds.), Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce: Designing Trading Strategies and Mechanisms for Electronic Markets, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing vol. 59, Springer, 2010.

Abstract

We introduce the TAC Ad Auctions game (TAC/AA), a new game for the Trading Agent Competition. The Ad Auctions game investigates complex strategic issues found in real sponsored search auctions that are not captured in current analytical models. We provide an overview of TAC/AA, introducing its key features and design rationale. TAC/AA will debut in summer 2009, with the final tournament commencing in conjunction with the TADA-09 workshop.

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