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Networks II: Market Design

INFO 4220

Spring. 3 credits. Grading option: Letter only. Social System Track course.

Prerequisites: INFO 2040 or permission of instructor; Familiarity with elementary calculus (at the level of Math 1110 or equivalent) and basic probability and statistics.

Networks II builds on its prerequisite course, continuing to examine how the computing, economic and sociological worlds are connected and how the structure of these connections affects these worlds. In this course, we will construct mathematical models for and analyze networked settings, allowing us to both make predictions about behavior in such systems, as well as reason about how to design such systems to exhibit some desirable behavior. Throughout, we will draw on real-world applications such as kidney exchange, online reputations systems, peer-to-peer filesharing, crowdsourcing and social networks that illustrate these phenomena.