A continuous approximation method for dynamic pricing problem under costly price modifications
Daşcı, Abdullah and Huang, Rongbing (2017) A continuous approximation method for dynamic pricing problem under costly price modifications. Omega - International Journal of Management Science, 72 . pp. 38-49. ISSN 0305-0483
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2016.11.002
This paper presents a heuristic method to solve a dynamic pricing problem under costly price modifications. This is an extremely difficult nonlinear problem that has been solved only for a few special instances. Here we provide a new approach that involves an approximate reformulation of the problem, which can subsequently be solved in closed-form using elementary calculus techniques. Numerical results show that the approach is quite accurate; approximating the optimal revenue with errors usually much less than 1\%. Moreover, the accuracy rapidly improves as the optimal number of price changes increases, which are precisely the cases conventional approaches would fail.
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