John Debenham, Simeon Simoff



Approaches to the construction of agents that are to engage in competitive negotiation are often founded on game theory. In such an approach the agents are endowed with utility functions and assumed to be utility optimisers. In practice the utility function is derived in the context of massive uncertainties both in terms of the agent’s priorities and of the raw data or information. To address this issue we propose an agent architecture that is founded on information theory, and that manages uncertainty with entropy-based inference. Our negotiating agent engages in multi-issue bilateral negotiation in a dynamic information-rich environment. The agent strives to make informed decisions. The agent may assume that the integrity of some of its information decays with time, and that a negotiation may break down under certain conditions. The agent makes no assumptions about the internals of its opponent — it focuses only on the signals that it receives. It constructs two probability distributions over the set of all deals. First the probability that its opponent will accept a deal, and second that a deal will prove to be acceptable to it in time.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Debenham J. and Simoff S. (2006). A FOUNDATION FOR INFORMED NEGOTIATION . In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS, ISBN 978-972-8865-42-9, pages 23-30. DOI: 10.5220/0002494000230030

in Bibtex Style

author={John Debenham and Simeon Simoff},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,
SN - 978-972-8865-42-9
AU - Debenham J.
AU - Simoff S.
PY - 2006
SP - 23
EP - 30
DO - 10.5220/0002494000230030