Encyclopedia of Systems and Control

2015 Edition
| Editors: John Baillieul, Tariq Samad


  • Bruce HajekEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-5058-9_36


Auctions are procedures for selling one or more items to one or more bidders. Auctions induce games among the bidders, so notions of equilibrium from game theory can be applied to auctions. Auction theory aims to characterize and compare the equilibrium outcomes for different types of auctions. Combinatorial auctions arise when multiple-related items are sold simultaneously.


Auction Combinatorial auction Game theory 
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  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA