An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 22, 2009 - Computers - 484 pages
The eagerly anticipated updated resource on one of the most important areas of research and development: multi-agent systems

Multi-agent systems allow many intelligent agents to interact with each other, and this field of study has advanced at a rapid pace since the publication of the first edition of this book, which was nearly a decade ago. With this exciting new edition, the coverage of multi-agents is completely updated to include several areas that have come to prominence in the last several years, including auctions, computational social choice, and markov decision processes. In turn, a variety of topics that were initially considered critical have dwindled in importance, so the coverage of that subject matter is decreased with this new edition. The result of this redefined balance of coverage is a timely and essential resource on a popular topic.

  • Introduces you to the concept of agents and multi-agent systems and the main applications for which they are appropriate
  • Discusses the main issues surrounding the design of intelligent agents and a multi-agent society
  • Delves into a number of typical applications for agent technology
  • Addresses deductive reasoning agents, practical reasoning agents, reactive and hybrid agents, and more
  • Reviews multi-agent decision making, communication and cooperation, and intelligent autonomous agents

      By the end of the book, you will have a firm grasp on how agents are distinct from other software paradigms and understand the characteristics of applications that lend themselves to agent-oriented software.

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    Contents

    Intelligent Autonomous Agents
    19
    Deductive Reasoning Agents
    49
    Practical Reasoning Agents
    65
    Reactive and Hybrid Agents
    85
    Communication and Cooperation
    105
    Communicating
    131
    Working Together
    151
    Methodologies
    183
    Forming Coalitions
    269
    Allocating Scarce Resources
    293
    Bargaining
    315
    Arguing
    337
    Logical Foundations
    355
    Coda
    391
    B Afterword
    405
    References
    425

    Applications
    201
    Multiagent Decision Making
    221
    Making Group Decisions
    253

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    About the author (2009)

    Michael Wooldridge is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, UK. He obtained his PhD in 1992 for work in the theory of multiagent systems and has, since then, been active in multiagent systems research.

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