An Adaptive Agent Society for Environmental Scanning through the Internet
Business managers need to promptly respond to environmental changes. Environmental scanners are thus important in discovering and monitoring the information of interest (IOI). In this paper, we explore continuous and resource-bounded environmental scanning (CRBES). The scanner continuously scans for new IOI without consuming too much resource (e.g. bandwidths of computer networks and services of information servers). In that case, new IOI may be discovered in a complete and timely manner without making the related networks and servers too exhausted to provide services. We develop a multiagent framework ACES to achieve CRBES. The agents form an adaptive society by adapting their population and specialty to information needs of individual users, resource limitation of environmental scanning, distribution of IOI in the environments, and update behaviors of the IOI. The delivery of ACES to businesses may constantly provide timelier IOI without causing serious problems to the Intranet and the Internet communities.
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