A Reinforcement Learning Method to Select Ad Networks in Waterfall Strategy

Reza Afshar, Yingqian Zhang, Murat Firat, Uzay Kaymak

Abstract

A high percentage of online advertising is currently performed through real time bidding. Impressions are generated once a user visits the websites containing empty ad slots, which are subsequently sold in an online ad exchange market. Nowadays, one of the most important sources of income for publishers who own websites is through online advertising. From a publisher’s point of view it is critical to send its impressions to most profitable ad networks and to fill its ad slots quickly in order to increase their revenue. In this paper we present a method for helping publishers to decide which ad networks to use for each available impression. Our proposed method uses reinforcement learning with initial state-action values obtained from a prediction model to find the best ordering of ad networks in the waterfall fashion. We show that this method increases the expected revenue of the publisher.

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in Harvard Style

Afshar R., Zhang Y., Firat M. and Kaymak U. (2019). A Reinforcement Learning Method to Select Ad Networks in Waterfall Strategy.In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART, ISBN 978-989-758-350-6, pages 256-265. DOI: 10.5220/0007395502560265


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icaart19,
author={Reza Afshar and Yingqian Zhang and Murat Firat and Uzay Kaymak},
title={A Reinforcement Learning Method to Select Ad Networks in Waterfall Strategy},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,},
year={2019},
pages={256-265},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007395502560265},
isbn={978-989-758-350-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,
TI - A Reinforcement Learning Method to Select Ad Networks in Waterfall Strategy
SN - 978-989-758-350-6
AU - Afshar R.
AU - Zhang Y.
AU - Firat M.
AU - Kaymak U.
PY - 2019
SP - 256
EP - 265
DO - 10.5220/0007395502560265