CREATE-NET Seminar: "Game theoretic approaches for studying competition over popularity and over advertisement space in social networks"

Date: 
Fri, 04/05/2012 - 11:00 - 13:00
Place: 
CREATE-NET - Sala grande, palazzina B - Via alla Cascata 56/D - Povo TN

Various tools are available for increasing the speed of content dissemination  such as embeddinigs in some popular web  pages, sharing in some other social networks, and advertisement. In particular, when individuals pass through a content provider to distribute  contents, they  can benefit from tools such as recommendation systems.  The content provider can give a preferencial treatment to individuals who pay for advertisement. In this paper we study competition between several contents, each characterized by some given  potential popularity. We study competition through advertisements that are placed at the beginning of the dissemination of contents.  We answer the question of when is it worthwhile to invest in adveretisement as a function of the potential popularity of a content as well as its competing contents.The competition between similar contents (e.g. news channels) over a finite set of potential destinations.We then consider  a second model in which there is also competition on advertisement space. We compute the equilibrium strategy and identify its structre and  properties for each one of the situations.

Speaker: 
Eitan Altman
Speaker Info: 

Eitan Altman received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (1984), the B.A. degree in physics (1984) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (1990), all from the Technion-Israel Institute, Haifa.  In (1990) he further received his B.Mus. degree in music composition in Tel-Aviv university.  Since 1990, Dr. Altman has been a researcher at INRIA (National research institute in computer science and control) in Sophia-Antipolis, France.  He has been in the editorial boards of several scientific journals: Wireless Networks (WINET), Computer Networks (COMNET), Computer  communications (Comcom), J. Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (JDEDS), SIAM J. of Control and Optimisation (SICON), Stochastic Models, and Journal of Economy Dynamic and Control (JEDC).  He received the best paper award in the Networking 2006, in Globecom 2007, in IFIP Wireless Days 2009 and in CNSM 2011 (Paris) conferences.  His areas of interest include Network Engineering Games, social networks and their control. 

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