Empirical research of online auctions such as eBay has been dominated by researchers from economics and information systems. Together with colleagues from Information Systems and statistics, I have been working on developing statistical methods for visualizing, collecting, modeling, predicting and analyzing such data. Bid data (and other types of eCommerce data) have non-standard structures and therefore require careful and specialized methods.
My co-authors Ravi Bapna and Wolfgang Jank and I have just been notified that our paper Consumer Surplus in Online Auctions (ISR, 2008) was selected as one of the five best Information Systems papers published in 2008. We're all very excited about the news!