Dept of Mathematics

Algorithms help devise better telecom spectrum auctions

Q: What is a spectrum auction? Why do we need to re-allocate rights, isn’t this question already settled?

Over the past decade many countries, including the UK, have run auctions to sell rights (licences) to transmit signals over specific bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. Now most of the spectrum is sold, but the demand for mobile internet is growing rapidly.

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    A mathematician takes issue with supermarket price promotion gambits

A mathematician takes issue with supermarket price promotion gambits

In the spring of 2015, the consumer magazine Which? issued a report claiming that discounts by supermarkets are often misleading. As a mathematician and game theorist, I was asked to comment on this in the BBC radio show “PM” (for “afternoon”) hosted by Eddie Mair on 21 April. I find that the time to contribute in a live broadcast is […]