Some academic fields have a “blog community” that caters to the academics in the field. A few blogs, taken together, perform the function of the “town newspaper” for this academic group, covering new results, problems, funding issues, conferences, gossip, as well as related philosophical and sociological musings. Theoretical CS is certainly one such field (as I mentioned in aprevious post). Math (or at least some sub-areas in it) seem to have something similar (e.g. Tao, Gowers, Kalai, the secret blogging seminar…), and I think also some parts of physics. I tried looking for such communities in areas surrounding algorithmic game theory, but couldn’t really find the type of academic-community-focused blogosphere that I was looking for. The Academic blogs Wiki was of only little help.
Here are some areas that I am looking at:
- Theoretical Economics — While there are many many economics blogs, some highly popular (like the Freakonomics blog), many of them seem to address current economic affairs more than issues directly aimed at the economic academic community, not to mention the theoretical economics community which I was looking for. One blog which is close is Market Design.
- Social choice theory — I couldn’t find anything. I’m not sure that this is a thriving community any more even though there is an active journal.
- Game Theory — Despite a very useful web-site with game-theory resoures, I couldn’t find a single blog devoted to game theory (beyond the previously mentioned Market Design Blog and a blog called game theorist which is actually about raising children). It would seem to me that the field of game theory — used by many but actively studied by few — would be a natural candidate for an academic blog.
- Multi-agent systems — A website called Multiagent systems seems to have very little activity; I couldn’t find other blogs in the field (or actually in AI in general) with any game-theory tendencies.
So, can any readers help?