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Risk-bounded formation of fuzzy coalitions among service agents.

Risk-bounded formation of fuzzy coalitions among service agents.
Risk-bounded formation of fuzzy coalitions among service agents.
Cooperative autonomous agents form coalitions in order ro share and combine resources and services to efficiently respond to market demands. With the variety of resources and services provided online today, there is a need for stable and flexible techniques to support the automation of agent coalition formation in this context. This paper describes an approach to the problem based on fuzzy coalitions. Compared with a classic cooperative game with crisp coalitions (where each agent is a full member of exactly one coalition), an agent can participate in multiple coalitions with varying degrees of involvement. This gives the agent more freedom and flexibility, allowing them to make full use of their resources, thus maximising utility, even if only comparatively small coalitions are formed. An important aspect of our approach is that the agents can control and bound the risk caused by the possible failure or default of some partner agents by spreading their involvement in diverse coalitions.
332-346
Blankenburg, B.
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He, M.
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Klusch, M.
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Jennings, N. R.
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Blankenburg, B.
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He, M.
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Klusch, M.
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Jennings, N. R.
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Blankenburg, B., He, M., Klusch, M. and Jennings, N. R. (2006) Risk-bounded formation of fuzzy coalitions among service agents. 10th International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents, United Kingdom. pp. 332-346 .

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Abstract

Cooperative autonomous agents form coalitions in order ro share and combine resources and services to efficiently respond to market demands. With the variety of resources and services provided online today, there is a need for stable and flexible techniques to support the automation of agent coalition formation in this context. This paper describes an approach to the problem based on fuzzy coalitions. Compared with a classic cooperative game with crisp coalitions (where each agent is a full member of exactly one coalition), an agent can participate in multiple coalitions with varying degrees of involvement. This gives the agent more freedom and flexibility, allowing them to make full use of their resources, thus maximising utility, even if only comparatively small coalitions are formed. An important aspect of our approach is that the agents can control and bound the risk caused by the possible failure or default of some partner agents by spreading their involvement in diverse coalitions.

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Published date: 2006
Venue - Dates: 10th International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents, United Kingdom, 2006-01-01
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263077
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Date deposited: 09 Oct 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:44

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