Intelligent Software Agents with Applications in Focus

Intelligent Software Agents with Applications in Focus

Mario Jankovic-Romano (University of Belgrade, Serbia), Milan Stankovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia) and Uroš Krcadinac (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch082
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Abstract

Most people are familiar with the concept of agents in real life. There are stock-market agents, sports agents, real-estate agents, etc. Agents are used to filter and present information to consumers. Likewise, during the last couple of decades, people have developed software agents, that have the similar role. They behave intelligently, run on computers, and are autonomous, but are not human beings. Basically, an agent is a computer program that is capable of performing a flexible and independent action in typically dynamic and unpredictable domains (Luck, McBurney, Shehory, & Willmott, 2005). Agents are capable of performing actions and making decisions without the guidance of a human. Software agents emerged in the IT because of the ever-growing need for information processing, and the problems concerning dealing and working with large quantities of data.

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