“Nevertheless, despite these minor issues, this book ishighly recommended to all socio-economic agent-based modellers,beginners or otherwise. Wooldridge’s scope, rigor, andwell-respected experience at the current coalface meansthere’s plenty in here of interest for old-timers, whilebeginners can skip some of the maths and more bleeding-edge theoryand concentrate easily on the implementation without loosingmuch.” (Appl. Spatial Analysis, 2011)
From the Back Cover
"A thoroughly revised and updated book, written by one of theleading researchers in the field. This excellent book provides awonderful introduction and a comprehensive exposition of theincreasingly important field of multi-agent systems."—Professor Nick Jennings FREng
Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, Electronics and ComputerScience, University of Southampton
Multiagent systems are a new paradigm for understanding andbuilding distributed systems, where it is assumed that thecomputational components are autonomous: able to control their ownbehaviour in the furtherance of their own goals. The first editionof An Introduction to Multiagent Systems was the firstcontemporary textbook in the area, and became the standardundergraduate reference work for the field. This second edition hasbeen extended with substantial new material on recent developmentsin the field, and has been revised and updated throughout. Itprovides a comprehensive, coherent, and readable introduction tothe theory and practice of multiagent systems, while presenting awealth of discussion topics and pointers into more advanced issuesfor those wanting to dig deeper.
Key new features include:
- dedicated new chapters on ontologies, voting, auctions,bargaining, coalition formation, and argumentation, reflectingrecent research directions and new results;
- "mind maps" to illustrate key concepts and ideas - anessential study and revision aid;
- 590 literature references, revised, updated, andextended to reflect the state of the art in agent research anddevelopment.
Designed and written specifically for computing undergraduates,the book comes with a rich repository of online teaching materials,including a complete set of lecture slides.