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The role of a matchmaker in buyer-vendor interactions

  • Linyuan L\"u
  • Matus Medo
  • Yi-Cheng Zhang
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    We consider a simple market where a vendor offers multiple variants of a certain product and preferences of both the vendor and potential buyers are heterogeneous and possibly even antagonistic. Optimization of the joint benefit of the vendor and the buyers turns the toy market into a combinatorial matching problem. We compare the optimal solutions found with and without a matchmaker, examine the resulting inequality between the market participants, and study the impact of correlations on the system.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2009
    Date of revision: Jul 2009
    Publication status: Published in European Physical Journal B 71, 565-571 (2009)
    Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:0902.0504
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