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An improvement to matchmaking algorithms for middle agents

Zhang, Zili and Zhang, Chengqi 2002, An improvement to matchmaking algorithms for middle agents, in Proceedings of the First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems : July 15-19, 2002, Plazzo re Enzo, Bologna, Italy, ACM Press, New York, N.Y., pp. 1340-1347.

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Title An improvement to matchmaking algorithms for middle agents
Author(s) Zhang, ZiliORCID iD for Zhang, Zili
Zhang, Chengqi
Conference name Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Joint Conference (1st : 2002 : Bologna, Italy)
Conference location Bologna, Italy
Conference dates 15-19 Jul. 2002
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems : July 15-19, 2002, Plazzo re Enzo, Bologna, Italy
Editor(s) Johnson, W. Lewis
Castelfranchi, Cristiano
Publication date 2002
Conference series Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Joint Conference
Start page 1340
End page 1347
Publisher ACM Press
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Keyword(s) middle agents
multiagent systems
intelligent agents
Summary A question frequently asked in multi-agent systems (MASs) concerns the efficient search for suitable agents to solve a specific problem. To answer this question, different types of middle agents are usually employed. The performance of middle agents relies heavily on the matchmaking algorithms used. Matchmaking is the process of finding an appropriate provider for a requester through a middle agent. There has been substantial work on matchmaking in different kinds of middle agents. To our knowledge, almost all currently used matchmaking algorithms missed one point when doing matchmaking -- the matchmaking is only based on the advertised capabilities of provider agents. The actual performance of provider agents in accomplishing delegated tasks is not considered at all. This results in the inaccuracy of the matchmaking outcomes as well as the random selection of provider agents with the same advertised capabilities. The quality of service of different service provider agents varies from one agent to another even though they claimed they have the same capabilities. To this end, it is argued that the practical performance of service provider agents has a significant impact on the matchmaking outcomes of middle agents. An improvement to matchmaking algorithms is proposed, which makes the algorithms have the ability to consider the track records of agents in accomplishing delegated tasks. How to represent, accumulate, and use track records as well as how to give initial values for track records in the algorithm are discussed. A prototype is also built to verify the algorithm. Based on the improved algorithm, the matchmaking outcomes are more accurate and reasonable.

ISBN 1581134800
Language eng
Field of Research 080199 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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