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Automated Negotiation and Bundling of Information Goods

Automated Negotiation and Bundling of Information Goods
Automated Negotiation and Bundling of Information Goods
In this paper, we present a novel system for selling bundles of news items. Through the system, customers bargain with the seller over the price and quality of the delivered goods. The advantage of the developed system is that it allows for a high degree of flexibility in the price, quality, and content of the offered bundles. The price, quality, and content of the delivered goods may, for example, differ based on daily dynamics and personal interest of customers. Autonomous "software agents" execute the negotiation on behalf of the users of the system. To perform the actual negotiation these agents make use of bargaining strategies. We present the novel approach of decomposing bargaining strategies into concession strategies and Pareto-efficient search strategies. Additionally, we introduce the orthogonal and orthogonal-DF strategy: two Pareto search strategies. We show through computer experiments that the use of these Pareto search strategies will result in very efficient bargaining outcomes. Moreover, the system is setup such that it is actually in the best interest of the customer to have their agent adhere to this approach of disentangling the bargaining strategy.
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Springer Verlag
Somefun, D.J.A.
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Gerding, E.H.
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Bohte, S.M.
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La Poutre, J.A.
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Faratin, P.
Parkes, D.C.
Rodriguez-Aguilar, J.A.
Walsh, W.E.
Somefun, D.J.A.
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Gerding, E.H.
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La Poutre, J.A.
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Faratin, P.
Parkes, D.C.
Rodriguez-Aguilar, J.A.
Walsh, W.E.

Somefun, D.J.A., Gerding, E.H., Bohte, S.M. and La Poutre, J.A. (2004) Automated Negotiation and Bundling of Information Goods. In, Faratin, P., Parkes, D.C., Rodriguez-Aguilar, J.A. and Walsh, W.E. (eds.) Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce V: Designing Mechanisms and Systems, Springer Lecture Notes in AI, vol. 3048. Springer Verlag, pp. 1-17.

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In this paper, we present a novel system for selling bundles of news items. Through the system, customers bargain with the seller over the price and quality of the delivered goods. The advantage of the developed system is that it allows for a high degree of flexibility in the price, quality, and content of the offered bundles. The price, quality, and content of the delivered goods may, for example, differ based on daily dynamics and personal interest of customers. Autonomous "software agents" execute the negotiation on behalf of the users of the system. To perform the actual negotiation these agents make use of bargaining strategies. We present the novel approach of decomposing bargaining strategies into concession strategies and Pareto-efficient search strategies. Additionally, we introduce the orthogonal and orthogonal-DF strategy: two Pareto search strategies. We show through computer experiments that the use of these Pareto search strategies will result in very efficient bargaining outcomes. Moreover, the system is setup such that it is actually in the best interest of the customer to have their agent adhere to this approach of disentangling the bargaining strategy.

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Published date: 2004
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 265638
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265638
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ORCID for E.H. Gerding: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7200-552X

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