We present a simulated annealing algorithm for coalition formation represented as characteristic function games. We provide a detailed analysis of various neighbourhoods for the algorithm, and of their effects to the algorithm’s performance. Our practical experiments and comparisons with other methods demonstrate that simulated annealing provides a useful tool to tackle the combinatorics involved in multi-agent coalition formation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helena Keinänen
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  1. 1.Helsinki University of TechnologyFinland

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