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Argumentation-based negotiation

Argumentation-based negotiation
Argumentation-based negotiation
Negotiation is essential in settings where autonomous agents have con- flicting interests and a desire to cooperate. For this reason, mechanisms in which agents exchange potential agreements according to various rules of interaction have become very popular in recent years as evident, for example, in the auction and mechanism design community. However, a growing body of research is now emerging which points out limitations in such mechanisms and advocates the idea that agents can increase the likelihood and quality of an agreement by exchanging arguments which in- fluence each others’ states. This community further argues that argument exchange is sometimes essential when various assumptions about agent rationality cannot be satisfied. To this end, in this article, we identify the main research motivations and ambitions behind work in the field. We then provide a conceptual framework through which we outline the core elements and features required by agents engaged in argumentation-based negotiation, as well as the environment that hosts these agents. For each of these elements, we survey and evaluate existing proposed techniques in the literature and highlight the major challenges that need to be addressed if argument-based negotiation research is to reach its full potential.
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Rahwan, I.
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Ramchurn, Sarvapali
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Jennings, N. R.
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McBurney, P.
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Parsons, S.
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Sonenberg, L.
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Rahwan, I.
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Rahwan, I., Ramchurn, Sarvapali, Jennings, N. R., McBurney, P., Parsons, S. and Sonenberg, L. (2003) Argumentation-based negotiation. The Knowledge Engineering Review, 18 (4), 343-375.

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Negotiation is essential in settings where autonomous agents have con- flicting interests and a desire to cooperate. For this reason, mechanisms in which agents exchange potential agreements according to various rules of interaction have become very popular in recent years as evident, for example, in the auction and mechanism design community. However, a growing body of research is now emerging which points out limitations in such mechanisms and advocates the idea that agents can increase the likelihood and quality of an agreement by exchanging arguments which in- fluence each others’ states. This community further argues that argument exchange is sometimes essential when various assumptions about agent rationality cannot be satisfied. To this end, in this article, we identify the main research motivations and ambitions behind work in the field. We then provide a conceptual framework through which we outline the core elements and features required by agents engaged in argumentation-based negotiation, as well as the environment that hosts these agents. For each of these elements, we survey and evaluate existing proposed techniques in the literature and highlight the major challenges that need to be addressed if argument-based negotiation research is to reach its full potential.

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Published date: 2003
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 258850
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/258850
PURE UUID: 55aa026e-c0d3-4a65-b609-a38ab6df4ab9
ORCID for Sarvapali Ramchurn: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9686-4302

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Date deposited: 12 Feb 2004
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:46

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