Agent Mediated Electronic Commerce II: Towards Next-Generation Agent-Based Electronic Commerce Systems

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Alexandros Moukas, Carles Sierra, Fredrik Ygge
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 26, 2000 - Computers - 242 pages
The Internet is spawning many new markets and electronic commerce is changing many market conventions. Not only are old commercial practices being adapted to the new conditions of immediacy brought forth by the global networks, but new products and services, as well as new practices, are beginning to appear. There is already ample evidence that agent-based technologies will be crucial for these - velopments. However many theoretical, technological, sociological, and legal - pects will need to be addressed before such opportunities become a significant reality. In addition to streamlining traditional transactions, agents enable new types of transactions. For example, the elusive one-to-one marketing becomes more of a - ality when consumer agents capture and share (or sell) consumer demographics. Prices and other transaction dimensions need no longer to be fixed; selling agents can dynamically tailor merchant offerings to each consumer. Economies of scale become feasible in new markets when agents negotiate on special arbitration c- tracts. Dynamic business relationships will give rise to more competitively agile organizations. It is these new opportunities combined with substantial reduction in transaction costs that will revolutionize electronic commerce.
 

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Contents

Shopbots and Pricebots
1
Tools for Inventing Open AgentMediated Electronic Marketplaces
24
The AIMedia Case Study
40
Energy Resellers An Endangered Species?
68
Modeling Supply Chain Formation in Multiagent Systems
94
A Novel AgentBased Electronic Marketplace
102
for Multiagent Contracting in the Presence of Scheduling Constraints
113
Resource Allocation Using Sequential Auctions
131
Trading Composable Commodities
153
TwoSided Learning in an Agent Economy for Information Bundles
180
Optimal Auction Design for Agents with Hard Valuation Problems
206
Distributed Auction Protocols
220
Author Index
239
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