College of Business
AACSB International EQUIS - European Quality Improvement System

Research Seminar

Seminar: Dynamic Pricing with Varying Cost

Abstract: We consider a dynamic pricing problem where the firm tries to maximize the profit upon selling a product over the course of T periods. We do not assume decision maker’s foreknowledge on the demand. Traditionally, the cost is fixed and the problem may be formulated as a multi armed bandit problem, which is known to have an O(log T) lower bound on the expected regret. In this paper, we consider a setting where the cost may change over time and the optimal price is thus a function of the cost. We develop an upper confidence bound like (UCB-Like) algorithm to solve the problem. We show that our algorithm is robust and efficient in terms of the upper bound on the expected regret.
Date: 13 October 2017 (Friday)
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Speaker: Mr Ying Zhong
PhD Student
Department of Management Sciences
City University of Hong Kong
Venue: Room 6-213, 6/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building

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