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A Generic Framework for Automated Multi-attribute Negotiation

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  • Guoming Lai

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Katia Sycara

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

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Agents in a negotiation may have to negotiate multiple issues simultaneously. Automated multi-attribute negotiation provides an important mechanism for distributed decision makers to reach agreements on multiple issues. Moreover, it also furnishes the opportunity to reach “win–win” solutions. In this paper, we first provide a survey that synthesizes the research on multi-attribute negotiation. We discuss the limitations of the existing research and conclude that three key issues need further study: incomplete information, Pareto optimality, and tractability. We then present a generic framework for automated multi-attribute negotiation with two new mechanisms that address the above issues. Finally, we discuss the challenges and directions for future work.

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  • Guoming Lai & Katia Sycara, 2009. "A Generic Framework for Automated Multi-attribute Negotiation," Group Decision and Negotiation, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 169-187, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:grdene:v:18:y:2009:i:2:d:10.1007_s10726-008-9119-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s10726-008-9119-9
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