A two-level framework for coalition formation via optimization and agent negotiation

Citation data:

Proceedings. IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, 2004. (IAT 2004)., Page: 441-445

Publication Year:
2004
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Repository URL:
http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sis_research/1130; https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2129&context=sis_research
DOI:
10.1109/iat.2004.1342991
Author(s):
LAU, Hoong Chuin; ZHANG, L.
Publisher(s):
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); IEEE
Tags:
Not Applicable; Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; Business; Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering
conference paper description
We present a two-level coalition formation approach based on a centralized optimization model on the upper level, and a distributed agent-negotiation model on the lower level. This approach allows us to balance agent self-interests against a high joint utility. Experimental results show that the two-level coalition formation mechanism will increase not only the overall utility of the coalition, but also the individual utility of most participating agents. The results also suggest it is better for the agents to be partially cooperative rather than either fully cooperative or self-interested in our setting.