A multi-agent negotiation testbed for contracting tasks with temporal and precedence constraints

John Collins, Wolfgang Ketter, Maria L Gini

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Abstract

In multi-agent contracting, customer agents solicit the resources and capabilities of other agents, sometimes executing multistep tasks in which tasks are contracted out to different suppliers. The authors have developed a testbed for studying the decision behaviors of agents in this context. It generates sets of tasks with known statistical attributes, formulates and submits requests for quotations, generates bids with well-defined statistics, and evaluates bids according to several criteria. Each of these processes is supported by an abstract interface and a series of pluggable modules with numerous configuration parameters, and with data collection and analysis tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-57
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Commerce
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Electronic marketplace
  • Multi-agent contracting

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