December 13, 2008

A Matching Mechanism for Allocating Attention to Tasks in Open Source Projects

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In this paper we discuss using the often celebrated top-trading cycles mechanism to increase participation in open source projects. Open source projects is typically characterized as voluntary activity where a small set of participant perform the majority of tasks. In addition, open source projects can substantially reduce the cost for business adopting the software. If we can increase participation in open source projects, we can potentially increase quality, time-to-market, reduce operational costs for businesses, and overall increase welfare for society.

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May 23, 2008

Masters Thesis: A Framework of Attention as a Medium of Exchange

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Research in the economics of attention generally approaches attention as a scarce resource and the design of systems to efficiently allocate that resource. This paper approaches the topic with a slight twist. Instead of designing systems to allocate attention, we look to designing systems where attention is a medium of exchange. This does not advocate that attention isn’t scarce, but, much like money, we can use attention to exchange for and allocate the goods that we really want (i.e. information goods). From this basic premise, this paper presents a conceptual framework and some insights into the nature of attention as a medium of exchange. The utility of the conceptual framework is derived from broad applicability, and this is accomplished in several ways. First, it adds coherence to an array of seemingly disparate research papers on the economics of attention. Second, existing systems currently using attention as medium of exchange can be described using the framework. More interestingly, though, the framework provides a common language to visualize new systems or augment existing systems. Lastly, the framework allows for decomposing systems in a way that is amenable to economic analysis. With that, we can compare the efficiency of differing systems or simply understand the implications and dynamics of a given system.

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And the presentation I gave using Google Docs

July 14, 2007

Graduate Research Papers

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Here are several research papers I’ve written while in graduate school. Hopefully, you can see that they are becoming progressively more scientific and interesting.