Handling Emergent Resource Use Oscillations

  • Mark Klein
  • Richard Metzler
  • Yaneer Bar-Yam
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3215)


Business and engineering systems are increasingly being created as collections of many autonomous (human or software) agents cooperating as peers. Peer-to-peer coordination introduces, however, unique and potentially serious challenges. When there is no one ’in charge’, dysfunctions can emerge as the collective effect of locally reasonable decisions. In this paper, we consider the dysfunction wherein inefficient resource use oscillations occur due to delayed status information, and describe novel approaches, based on the selective use of misinformation, for dealing with this problem.


Status Delay Resource Request Consumer Agent Minority Game Message Traffic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Klein
    • 1
  • Richard Metzler
    • 2
  • Yaneer Bar-Yam
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  2. 2.New England Complex Systems Institute 

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