Call for Participation 2010

Welcome to TAC/AA 2010

The 2010 TAC/AA tournament will be a part of the Eleventh Annual Trading Agent Competition (TAC-10), to be held in May and June of 2010, with the finals taking place during the EC-10 conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, preceded by qualifying and seeding rounds in May and June.

The dates for the TAC-AA competition are as follows:

Qualifying Rounds: May 19-20, 2010

Final Rounds        : June 7-8, 2010

The TAC/AA 2010 server is online at

http://tacaa2010.eecs.umich.edu:8080/

The latest game specification can be found here.

The server binaries and agentware for the 2010 tournament are available here.


Changes from the 2009 tournament

Summary of changes:
• Reserve scores are determined independently for each query class. The interval from which the reserve scores are drawn has increased significantly.
• Manufacturer specialist bonus has decreased.
• Component specialist bonus has increased.
• Distribution capacity discounter (lambda) has increased, leading to a slightly gentler effect on conversion rates.
• Distribution capacities have increased.
• Searching bursts have a small positive correlation across a short time window. ie. If a burst occurs, probability of successive bursts increases.
• The average positions given in the query reports for other advertisers is not exact, but rather based on a small sample average.