A Cooperation Mechanism among Seller Agents based on Exchanging Goods in Agent-mediated Electronic Commerce

  • Ito, Takayuki (Center for Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) ;
  • Hattori, Hiromitsy (Department of Intelligence and Computer Science, Nagoya Institute of Technology Gokiso) ;
  • Shintani, Toramatsu (Department of Intelligence and Computer Science, Nagoya Institute of Technology Gokiso)
  • Published : 2001.01.01


Agent-mediated electronic markets have been a grow-ing area of agent research and developmen tin recent year. There exist a lot of e-commerce sites on the In-ternet(e.g. Priceline, com, Amazon, com etc). These e-commerce site have proposed new business models for effective and efficient commerce activity. Intelli-gent agents have been studied very widely in the field of artificial intelligence, For purpose of this paper, an agent can act autonomously and collaboratively in a network environment on behalf of its users. It is hard for people to effectively and efficiently monitor, buy, and sell at multiple e-commerce sites. If we intro-duce agent technologies into e-commerce systems, we can expect to further enhance the intelligence of their support. In this paper, we propose a new coopera-tion mechanism among seller agents based on exchang-ing their goods in our agent-mediated electronic market system. G-Commerce. On G-Commerce, seller agents and buyer agents negotiate with each other. In our model, seller agents cooperatively negotiate in order to effectively sell goods in stock. Buyer agents coopera-tively form coalitions in order to buy goods based an discount proices. Seller agent's negotiation goods. Our current experiments show that exchanging mechanism enables seller agents to effectively sell goods in stock. Also, we present the Pareto optimality of our exchang-ing mechanism.