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Title: Towards an ant system for autonomous agents
Authors: Ezziane, Z. 
Issue Date: 2007
Journal: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) 
Conference: 2nd International Workshop Autonomous Intelligent Systems: Agents and Data Mining, AIS-ADM 2007; St. Petersburg; Russian Federation; 3 June 2007 through 5 June 2007; Code 71133 
Abstract: Over the past few years, Electronic Commerce has become an increasingly central part of the economy. More and more transactions, both from business to consumer and between businesses, are taking place online. Simple fixed cost business transactions are often automated at one or both ends and auctions are mainly conducted by automated auctioneer software. Bid evaluation is a costly optimization problem. It involves the examination of all possible combinations of bids and subsequently the selection of the best combination; based on factors such as price, supplier reliability, schedule risk, etc. If an exhaustive search approach is used to derive the optimum solution, the generation of possible bid combinations will explode combinatorial as the number of bids grow. This paper shows how to build an ant system for autonomous agents. In addition, it assigns customer agents' services to supplier agents' bids in the best possible way while considering several factors. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007.
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