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Agent Technology: Foundations, Applications, and Markets by N. R. Jennings, M. Wooldridge (auth.), Nicholas R. Jennings,

By N. R. Jennings, M. Wooldridge (auth.), Nicholas R. Jennings, Michael J. Wooldridge (eds.)

Agents signify a thrilling and promising new method of construction quite a lot of software program functions. brokers are self sufficient problem-solving entities which are in a position to flexibly resolve difficulties in advanced, dynamic environments, with out receiving everlasting counsel from the user.
Agent expertise: Foundations, purposes and Markets is the 1st publication to supply an integrative presentation of the problems, demanding situations and good fortune of designing, development and utilizing agent purposes. The chapters provided are written by means of the world over major specialists within the box. The publication offers, for a basic viewers, a different evaluate on agent know-how functions, starting from an advent to the technical foundations to studies on facing particular agent structures in practice.

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Such attributes as these provide for a stronger definition of agenthood. In essence, agents exist in a truly multi-dimensional space. However, for the sake of clarity of understanding, we have 'collapsed' this space into a single list. Hence, we identify seven types of agents: • • • • Collaborative agents Interface agents Mobile agents InformationlInternet agents 32 Nwana and Ndurnu • • • Reactive agents Hybrid agents Smart agents There are some applications that combine agents from two or more of these categories, and we refer to these as heterogeneous agent systems.

Jennings et al. ), Agent Technology © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998 30 Nwana and Ndumu When we really have to, we defme an agent as referring to a component of software and/or hardware that is capable of acting exactingly in order to acomplish tasks on behalf of its user. Given a choice, we would rather say it is an umbrella term that covers a range of other more specific agent types, and then go on to list and defme these other agent types. 1 A Typology of Agents There are several dimensions to classify existing software agents.

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