Monthly Archives: May 2003

1. Introduction

Online Reputation Mechanisms A Roadmap for Future Research Summary Report of the First Interdisciplinary Symposium on Online Reputation Mechanisms, April 26-27, 2003, Cambridge, MA Draft VersiĆ³n 1, May 21, 2003 Chrysanthos Dellarocas, MIT (dell@mit.edu) Paul Resnick, U. Michigan (presnick@umich.edu) Online … Continue reading

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2. Why is This Field Important?

Reputation mechanisms have initially attracted attention as a mechanism for building trust and fostering cooperation in online trading communities, such as eBay, where more traditional quality assurance mechanisms (commercial law, government regulation, etc.) do not work as well. They have … Continue reading

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3. A Snapshot of the State-Of-The-Art

The papers presented in the symposium collectively represent a snapshot of the state-of-the-art in the field. Current research on reputation mechanisms concentrates around three major themes: Analyzing the performance of existing reputation mechanisms Proposing novel designs for reputation mechanisms and … Continue reading

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3.1 Theme 1: Analyzing the performance of existing reputation mechanisms

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3.1.1 Field studies

A substantial amount of recent research has focused on empirical evaluations of existing reputation mechanisms [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. The majority of these works focus on eBay’s feedback mechanism and concentrates on studying the relationship between a seller’s reputation … Continue reading

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3.1.2 Lab Studies

An increasing number of experimental studies also aim to shed light on how people react to reputation mechanisms [27, 28, 29, 30, 33]. Again, most studies relate to systems that are similar to eBay. Important themes in experimental studies include: … Continue reading

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3.2 Theme 2: Proposing novel designs for reputation mechanisms

Most of the work in this theme comes from researchers in computer science and multi-agent systems. The general consensus was that there are some very interesting ideas that need to be more rigorously validated by analyzing them in an economic … Continue reading

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