An Annealing Protocol for Negotiating Complex Contracts
M. Klein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), P. Faratin (University of Electro-Communications, Japan) and H. Sayama (New England Complex Systems Institute, USA)
Copyright: © 2007
Work to date on negotiation protocols has focused almost exclusively on defining contracts consisting of one or a few independent issues and a relatively small number of possible contracts. Many real-world contracts, by contrast, are much more complex, consisting of multiple interdependent issues and intractably large contract spaces. This chapter describes a simulated annealing-based approach appropriate for negotiating such complex contracts that achieves near-optimal social welfare for negotiations with binary issue dependencies.