A Formal Approach to Negotiating Agents Development

Dumas, Marlon, Governatori, Guido, ter Hofstede, Arthur H.M., & Oaks, Phillipa J. (2002) A Formal Approach to Negotiating Agents Development. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 1(2), pp. 193-207.

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This paper presents a formal and executable approach to capture the behaviour of parties involved in a negotiation. A party is modeled as a negotiating agent composed of a communication module, a control module, a reasoning module, and a knowledge base. The control module is expressed as a emph{statechart}, and the reasoning module as a emph{defeasible logic} program. A strategy specification therefore consists of a statechart, a set of defeasible rules, and a set of initial facts. Such a specification can be dynamically plugged into an agent shell incorporating a statechart interpreter and a defeasible logic inference engine, in order to yield an agent capable of participating in a given type of negotiations. The choice of statecharts and defeasible logic with respect to other formalisms is justified against a set of desirable criteria, and their suitability is illustrated through concrete examples of bidding and multi-lateral bargaining scenarios

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ID Code: 1788
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: automated negotiation, e, commerce agent, defeasible logic, statechart
DOI: 10.1016/S1567-4223(02)00016-9
ISSN: 1567-4223
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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