Elias Koutsoupias
Professor of Computer Science
University of Athens
Panepistimiopolis, Ilissia
Athens 15784

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Elias Koutsoupias and George Pierrakos: On the Competitive Ratio of Online Sampling Auctions. WINE 2010: 327-338.
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We study online profit-maximizing auctions for digital goods with adversarial bid selection and uniformly random arrivals. Our goal is to design auctions that are constant competitive with $\mathcal{F}^{(2)}$; in this sense our model lies at the intersection of prior-free mechanism design and secretary problems. We first give a generic reduction that transforms any offline auction to an online one, with only a loss of a factor of 2 in the competitive ratio; we then present some natural auctions, both randomized and deterministic, and study their competitive ratio; our analysis reveals some interesting connections of one of these auctions with RSOP, which we further investigate in our final section.


  author    = {Elias Koutsoupias and
               George Pierrakos},
  title     = {On the Competitive Ratio of Online Sampling Auctions},
  booktitle = {WINE},
  year      = {2010},
  month     = dec,
  pages     = {327-338},
  ee        = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-17572-5_27},