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Targeted Advertising with Inventory Management

David Maxwell Chickering and David Heckerman


Companies that maintain web sites can make considerable revenue through advertising, and consequently attracting advertisers in high click-through rates; and therefore companies can benefit from delivery systems that serve advertisements selectively to those visitors most likely to click. In order to satisfy contractual obligations, however, these systems must simultaneously perform inventory management. For example, if a company has agreed to serve a certain number of a particular advertisement, it must do so regardless of how likely it is to be clicked. In this paper, we describe how to use a linear program to identify a schedule, based on known attributes of each visitor, that maximizes the expected number of clicks given all of the inventory-management constraints. We present experimental results using real data that demonstrate that a delivery schedule from our system realizes more clicks than a schedule that was hand constructed.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inACM Special Interest Group on E-Commerce (EC00), ® Minneapolis, MN
InstitutionMicrosoft Research
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