Multi-Agent Patterns for Deploying Online Auctions

Multi-Agent Patterns for Deploying Online Auctions

Ivan Jureta (University of Namur, Belgium), Manuel Kolp (University of Louvain, Belgium) and Stéphane Faulkner (University of Namur, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-096-7.ch009


Today, a high volume of goods and services is being traded using online auction systems. The growth in size and complexity of architectures to support online auctions requires the use of distributed and cooperative software techniques. In this context, the agent software development paradigm seems appropriate for their modeling, development, and implementation. This article proposes an agent-oriented pattern analysis of best practices for online auctions. The patterns are intended to help both IT managers and software engineers during the requirement specification of an online auction system while integrating benefits of agent software engineering.
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Online Auctions, Agents, And Agent Patterns

Our work revolves around three main concepts: online auctions, agents, and patterns. In the following subsections, we present each one and discuss reasons why agent orientation is appropriate for modeling, design, and implementation of OAIS.

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