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Agents that Reason and Negotiate by Arguing

Agents that Reason and Negotiate by Arguing
Agents that Reason and Negotiate by Arguing
The need for negotiation in multi-agent systems stems from the requirement for agents to solve the problems posed by their interdependence upon one another. Negotiation provides a solution to these problems by giving the agents the means to resolve their conflicting objectives, corect inconsistencies in their knowledge of other agents' world views, and coordinate a joint approach to domain tasks which benefits all the agents concerned. We propose a framework, based upon a system of argumentation, which permits agents to negotiate in order to establish acceptable ways of solving problems. The framework provides a formal model of argumentation-based reasoning and negotiation, details a design philosophy which ensures a clear link between the formal model and its practical instantiation, and describes a case study of this relationship for a particular class of architectures (namely those for belief-desire-intention agents).
261-292
Parsons, S.
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Sierra, C.
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Jennings, N. R.
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Parsons, S., Sierra, C. and Jennings, N. R. (1998) Agents that Reason and Negotiate by Arguing. Journal of Logic and Computation, 8 (3), 261-292.

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The need for negotiation in multi-agent systems stems from the requirement for agents to solve the problems posed by their interdependence upon one another. Negotiation provides a solution to these problems by giving the agents the means to resolve their conflicting objectives, corect inconsistencies in their knowledge of other agents' world views, and coordinate a joint approach to domain tasks which benefits all the agents concerned. We propose a framework, based upon a system of argumentation, which permits agents to negotiate in order to establish acceptable ways of solving problems. The framework provides a formal model of argumentation-based reasoning and negotiation, details a design philosophy which ensures a clear link between the formal model and its practical instantiation, and describes a case study of this relationship for a particular class of architectures (namely those for belief-desire-intention agents).

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Published date: 1998
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 252113
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/252113
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Date deposited: 13 Dec 1999
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:06

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Author: S. Parsons
Author: C. Sierra
Author: N. R. Jennings

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