GSP auctions with correlated types

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GSP auctions with correlated types
The Generalized Second Price (GSP) auction is the primary method by which sponsered search advertisements are sold. We study the performance of this auction in the Bayesian setting for players with correlated types. Correlation arises very naturally in the context of sponsored search auctions, especially as a result of uncertainty inherent in the behaviour of the underlying ad allocation algorithm. We demonstrate that the Bayesian Price of Anarchy of the GSP auction is bounded by 4, even when agents have arbitrarily correlated types. Our proof highlights a connection between the GSP mechanism and the concept of smoothness in games, which may be of independent interest. For the special case of uncorrelated (i.e. independent) agent types, we improve our bound to 2(1 − 1/e)−1 ≈ 3.16, significantly improving upon previously known bounds. Using our techniques, we obtain the same bound on the performance of GSP at coarse correlated equilibria, which captures (for example) a repeated-...
Brendan Lucier, Renato Paes Leme
Added 17 Sep 2011
Updated 17 Sep 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Authors Brendan Lucier, Renato Paes Leme
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