Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ramesh Johari's class on Platform and Marketplace Design, winter 2015

Here's a class by Ramesh Johari, well worth considering in the Winter quarter at Stanford:

MS&E 336: Platform and Marketplace Design The last decade has witnessed a meteoric rise in the number of online markets and platforms competing with traditional mechanisms of trade. Examples of such markets include online marketplaces for goods, such as eBay; online dating markets; markets for shared resources, such as Lyft, Uber, and Airbnb; and online labor markets. We will review recent research that aims to both understand and design such markets. Emphasis on mathematical modeling and methodology, with a view towards preparing Ph.D. students for research in this area. Prerequisites: Mathematical maturity; 300-level background in optimization and probability; prior exposure to game theory.

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