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Spring 2017-2018
* 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, 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
Anna Karlin and Yuval Peres, Game Theory. Alive

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:
This course was formerly known as "Networks, Economics and Computing".


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40186 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Computer Science Building   104   Enrolled:141 Limit:150
40187 P01 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:39 Limit:40
40188 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:36 Limit:35 Closed
40189 P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:26 Limit:35
40190 P04 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43825 P05 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Computer Science Building   105   Enrolled:40 Limit:40 Closed