Market architecture for multi-agent contracting

John Collins, Ben Youngdahl, Scott Jamison, Bamshad Mobasher, Maria L Gini

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We present a testbed for multi-agent negotiation, implemented as a generalized market architecture called MAGNET (Multi AGent NEgotiation Testbed). In contrast with other approaches to multi-agent negotiation, we introduce an explicit intermediary into the negotiation process. We show how this approach helps in controlling fraud and discouraging counterspeculation. MAGNET provides support for a variety of types of transactions, from simple buying and selling of goods and services to complex multi-agent contract negotiations. It is organized around three basic components: the exchange, the market, and the session. We also present a negotiation protocol for planning by contracting that takes advantage of the services of the market. Finally, we describe the open, extensible implementation of MAGNET.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents
Editors Anon
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Agents - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: May 9 1998May 13 1998


OtherProceedings of the 1998 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Agents
CityMinneapolis, MN, USA


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