06401080 is referenced by 143 patents and cites 15 patents.

An intelligent agent and method of negotiating herewith incorporate a number of features, used alone or in combination, to enhance the productivity, security, efficiency and responsiveness of the agent in negotiations with other parties. One feature incorporates randomization of one or more aspects of an agent's behavior to disguise its negotiation strategy from other negotiating parties and thereby prevent such parties from gaining a negotiating advantage at the expense of the agent. Another features incorporates limiting unproductive negotiations by constraining one or more aspects of an agent's behavior based upon the behavior of a negotiating party and/or the duration of the transaction, and thereby making it more likely that unproductive negotiations will be terminated. An additional feature incorporates dynamic value determination to determine the desired value of a desired transaction by weighting and normalizing estimated values retrieved from a plurality of information sources. Moreover, a further features incorporates dynamic value determination which weights and normalizes the values of related transactions based upon the proximity of the related and desired transactions.

Title
Intelligent agent with negotiation capability and method of negotiation therewith
Application Number
8/821935
Publication Number
6401080 (B1)
Application Date
March 21, 1997
Publication Date
June 4, 2002
Inventor
Helen Roxlo Delp
Rochester
MN, US
Brian John Cragun
Rochester
MN, US
Joseph Phillip Bigus
Rochester
MN, US
Agent
Wood Herron & Evans L
US
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 17/60
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