Saturday, April 28, 2007

Ranking

We rank students, papers, schools, ourselves and others. We rank the rich, riches and books. But over the web, ranking is a large scale monster, and more recently, it is derived from many different users (dogs?), whether collaborative, adversarial, or simply gameful. There are many ways to try to get "quality" ranking: by fiat, by appealing to good citizens, by policing them or letting them police each other, whatever. One approach is to provide incentives and develop a market around the users' utilities (juicy bones?). Setting up the incentive structure and mechanism is a complex problem. A recent paper does a nice job of formulating the questions and providing some solutions:

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you noticed that theory has no forum (that I know of) in which to publish a position paper?

12:00 PM  
Blogger metoo said...

True and it is a pity. On the (mildly) positive side, we -- the theory community --- is better at citing tech reports that are unpublished anywhere except as univ TRs or arXiv or ECCC ...

2:37 PM  
Blogger marry said...

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