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    Auction Price Function
    
    Alias: Auction Price Function, Price Curve
    Parameter Name: calc
    Containing Contract: Clipper
    Scope: Vault Type (Ilk)
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    Description
    The Auction Price Function is the mathematical function that determines how the collateral price changes over time during a collateral auction. Collateral auctions use a falling price auction, where the price starts high and decreases according to the function defined in this parameter.
    Auction Price Functions are implemented as smart contracts exposing specific interface functions. An Auction Price Function contract may have additional parameters that allow Maker Governance to adjust certain aspects of the function.
    Each vault type may have its own Auction Price Function, though in practice they may share the same Auction Price Function contract.
    Purpose
    This parameter exists to control the shape of the price curve used when auctioning collateral from liquidated vaults.
    Price Curves

    Exponential Stair Step

    cut
    Controls the 'depth' of each step in the function. A smaller cut means a smoother line, a large one means more pronounced steps.
    This is a multiplicative factor. For example, 0.99 equates to a 1% price drop.
    step
    Controls the length of time between price drops. A smaller step means a smoother line, a large one means more pronounced steps. This is defined in seconds.
    Trade-offs
    Having control over the parameters of the Auction Price Function allows Governance to fine-tune the performance of auctions to best fit changing market conditions. A non-optimal setting could result in auctions resolving less quickly or in collateral being auctioned off at a lower price.
    An auction price falling too quickly may lead to a situation where keepers are not able to bid before the auction ends.
    An auction price falling too slowly may increase the auction slippage, and could potentially cause bad debt.
    Changes
    Adjusting an Auction Price Function parameter is a manual process that requires an executive vote. Changes to an Auction Price Function are subject to the GSM Pause Delay.
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