Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce. Designing Trading Strategies and Mechanisms for Electronic Markets: AAMAS Workshop, AMEC 2009, Budapest, Hungary, May 12, 2009, and IJCAI Workshop, TADA 2009, Pasadena, CA, USA, July 13, 2009, Selected and Revised Papers

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Esther David, Enrico Gerding, David Sarne, Onn Shehory
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 9, 2010 - Business & Economics - 275 pages
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The past decade in e-commerce will be remembered as one in which age- mediated electronic commerce technology became a reality. The evolution from electronic data interchange technology to electronic marketplaces brought e-commerce to the masses. Yet it was accompanied by numerous challenges - tributed to the exponentialincreasein the e'orts requiredfor searchingandp- cessing information as well as coordinating with the di'erent parties involved. Theintroductionof autonomousagentsin e-commerce,enabling agent-mediated trading, holds the promise of bridging this gap, by facilitating ?exible, faster, less labor-intensiveandhighly competitive commerce. Using agents,e-commerce nowgoesbeyondmerelyeliminatingthemediatorsinthetraditionalprocessand o'ersadynamic set oftechnologies,integratedapplicationsand multi-enterprise business processes that link enterprises together. Consequently, the focus of - search in the area of e-commerce is now on technologies for online advertising, searching, negotiating, ordering, delivering, paying, using, and servicing. No- days, the application of agents in e-commerce is well recognized as one of the fastest-growing and most exciting areas of computer science. This volume presents some of the recent advances in research on designing trading agents and mechanisms for agent-mediated electronic commerce. It is built around a collection of articles initially presented at two highly respected international workshops held in the summer of 2009. The ?rst is the 11th - ternational Workshop on Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce (AMEC 2009) collocated with the AAMAS 2009 conference held in Budapest, Hungary. The second is the 2009 Workshop on Trading Agent Design and Analysis (TADA 2009) collocated with the IJCAI 2009 conference held in Pasadena, California, USA.
 

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Contents

A Study of Central Auction Based Wholesale Electricity Markets
1
The Choice of Eliminating the Uncertainty Cloud in Auctions
15
Eliciting Expert Advice in ServiceOriented Computing
29
Approximating the Qualitative Vickrey Auction by a Negotiation Protocol
44
Automated Analysis of Auction Traces
58
Mechanism Design for the Online Allocation of Items without Monetary Payments
74
A DemandDriven Approach for a MultiAgent System in Supply Chain Management
88
Mechanism Design for Eliciting Probabilistic Estimates from Multiple Suppliers with Unknown Costs and Limited Precision
102
Designing an Ad Auctions Game for the Trading Agent Competition
147
Robust Planning and Control Using Intelligent Products
163
How Specialised Are Specialists? Generalisation Properties of Entries from the 2008 and 2009 TAC Market Design Competitions
178
Learning Improved Entertainment Trading Strategies for the TAC Travel Game
195
The Mertacor Perspective
211
Continuous Double Auctions with Execution Uncertainty
226
Sequential Auctions with Partially Substitutable Goods
242
From General Game Descriptions to a Market Specification Language for General Trading Agents
259

Nash Social Welfare in Multiagent Resource Allocation
117
Leading a BestResponse Teammate in an Ad Hoc Team
132

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Esther David is the author of The Walled City, By the Sabarmati, Book of Esther, Book of Rachel, My Father's Zoo, and Shalom India Housing Society. David started as an art critic and is now a columnist for the Times of India Ahmedabad. She also teaches art appreciation when she is not creating her own work.

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