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Spring 2016-2017
* COS 445   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Economics and Computing

Matt Weinberg

Computation and other aspects of our lives are becoming increasingly intertwined. We will study topics on the cusp between economics and computation. The focus will be on the mathematical and computational tools involved in the interaction of economics and computation. Topics: games on networks, auctions, mechanism and market design, reputation, computational social choice. The aim of the course is: (1) to understand the game-theoretic issues behind systems involving computation such as online networks, (2) to learn how algorithms and algorithmic thinking can help with designing better decision and allocation mechanisms in an offline world.

Sample reading list:
D. Easley and J. Kleinberg, Networks, Crowds and Markets
Nisan et al. (eds.), Algorithmic Game Theory
D. Parks and S. Seuken, Introduction to Economics and Computation
Tim Roughgarden, Twenty Lectures on Algorithmic Game Theory
Felix Brandt et al. (eds.), Handbook of Computational Social Choice

Reading/Writing assignments:
Bi-weekly assignments involving problems and implementations; two take-home midterm tests.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Problem set(s) - 35%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
COS 226, COS 340, MAT 175 or MAT 202 or MAT 204 or MAT 217 or instructor's permission..

Other information:
There will be an option to substitute the take-home final with a final project. This course was formerly known as "Networks, Economics and Computing".


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41547 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Computer Science Building   104   Enrolled:102 Limit:110
41548 P01 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   Computer Science Building   102   Enrolled:34 Limit:37
41549 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:21 Limit:26
41550 P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:25 Limit:27
43811 P04 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:22 Limit:20 Closed