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Introduction to MultiAgent Systems

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ISBN-10: 0470519460

ISBN-13: 9780470519462

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Michael Wooldridge

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The study of multi-agent systems (MAS) focuses on systems in which many intelligent agents interact with each other. These agents are considered to be autonomous entities such as software programs or robots. Their interactions can either be cooperative (for example as in an ant colony) or selfish (as in a free market economy). This book assumes only basic knowledge of algorithms and discrete maths, both of which are taught as standard in the first or second year of computer science degree programmes. A basic knowledge of artificial intelligence would useful to help understand some of the issues, but is not essential. The book's main aims are: To introduce the student to the concept of…    
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List price: $69.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/22/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 7.48" wide x 9.23" long x 1.04" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

SETTING THE SCENE.
Introduction.
The Vision Thing
Some Views of theField
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS AGENTS.
Intelligent Agents
Intelligent Agents
Agents and Objects
Agents and Expert Systems
Agents as Intentional Systems
Abstract Architectures for Intelligent Agents
HowtoTell an Agent What to Do
Deductive Reasoning Agents.
Agents as Theorem Provers
Agent-Oriented Programming
ConcurrentMetateM
Practical Reasoning Agents.
Practical Reasoning=Deliberation+Means-Ends Reasoning
Means-EndsReasoning
Implementing a Practical Reasoning Agent
The Procedural Reasoning System
Reactive and Hybrid Agents.
Reactive Agents
Hybrid Agents
COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION.
Understanding Each Other.
Ontology Fundamentals
Ontology Languages
RDF
Constructing an Ontology
Software Tools for Ontologies
Communicating.
Speech Acts
Agent Communication Languages
Working Together.
Cooperative Distributed Problem Solving
Task Sharing and Result Sharing
Result Sharing
Combining Task and Result Sharing
Handling Inconsistency
Coordination
Multiagent Planning and Synchronization
Methodologies.
When is an Agent-Based Solution Appropriate?
Agent-Oriented Analysis and Design
Pitfalls of Agent Development
Mobile Agents
Applications.
Agents for Work flow and Business Process Management
Agents for Distributed Sensing
Agents for Information Retrieval and Management
Agents for Electronic Commerce
Agents for Human-Computer Interfaces
Agents for Virtual Environments
Agents for Social Simulation
Agents for X
Multiagent Decision Making.
Multiagent Interactions.
Utilities and Preferences
Setting the Scene
Solution Concepts and Solution Properties
Competitive and Zero-Sum Interactions
The Prisoner�s Dilemma
Other Symmetric 2 x 2 Interactions
Representing Multiagent Scenarios
Dependence Relations in Multiagent Systems
Making Group Decisions.
Social Welfare Functions and Social Choice Functions
Voting Procedures
Desirable Properties for Voting Procedures
Strategic Manipulation
Forming Coalitions.
Cooperative Games
Computational and Representational Issues
Modular Representations
Representations for Simple Games
Coalitional Games with Goals
Coalition Structure Formation
Allocating Scarce Resources.
Classifying Auctions
Auctions for Single Items
Combinatorial Auctions
Auctions in Practice
Bargaining.
Negotiation Parameters
Bargaining for Resource Division
Bargaining for Task Allocation
Bargaining for Resource Allocation
Arguing.
Types of Argument
Abstract Argumentation
Deductive Argumentation Systems
Dialogue Systems
Implemented Argumentation Systems
Logical Foundations.
Logics for Knowledge and Belief
Logics for Mental States
Logics for Cooperation
Putting Logic to Work
V Coda
A History Lesson
Afterword