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Modeling e-Procurement as Co-adaptive Matchmaking with Mutual Relevance Feedback

  • Reiko Hishiyama
  • Toru Ishida
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3371)

Abstract

This paper proposes a new e-procurement model for a large number of buyers and sellers interacting via the Internet. The goal of e-procurement is to create a satisfactory match between buyers’ demand and sellers’ supply. From our real-world experience, we view e-procurement as a process of negotiation to increase the matching quality of two corresponding specifications: one for buyers’ demand and another for sellers’ supply. To model scalable e-procurement, we propose a co-adaptive matchmaking mechanism using mutual relevance feedback. In order to understand the nature of the mechanism, we have developed two types of software agents, called e-buyers and e-sellers, to simulate human buyers and sellers. Multiagent simulation results show that the matching quality is incrementally improved if agents adaptively change their specifications. A realistic example is also provided to discuss how to extend our simulation to real-world e-procurement infrastructure.

Keywords

Multiagent System Relevance Feedback Software Agent Matching Quality Adaptive Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reiko Hishiyama
    • 1
  • Toru Ishida
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social InformaticsKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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