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  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521899435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521899437
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is by far the best text in the field of multiagent systems, one of the fastest-growing areas in computer science."
Stuart Russell, University of California at Berkeley

"The integration of methodologies that study different aspects of interactive strategic systems is of vital importance in modern society. Through excellent side-by-side presentation of the main approaches in computer science, game theory and economics, this pioneering textbook is a major advance towards the education of a better-equipped generation of computer scientists as well as social scientists."
Ehud Kalai, Northwestern University

"This is a rich and comprehensive text on multiagent systems, written by two of the leading researchers in the area in an engaging and accessible style. It is unique in covering the diverse foundations of multiagent systems, including logic. Its extensive treatment of the interplay between computer science and game theory will define how the subject should be taught. I recommend the book for graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as researchers in both computer science and economics trying to learn the basics of the field."
Joseph Halpern, Cornell University

"With the emergence of the Internet, the focus of much of the research in computer science and in artificial intelligence is shifting from the the study of the single program to the study of the interactions among different computers and programs. Multiagent Systems presents for the first time this cutting-edge research in a textbook form. The book transcends the traditional boundaries of artificial intelligence and touches all aspects of multiagent systems: from artificial intelligence to algorithms to game theory, to logic, and beyond. Written by leaders in this research area, this book is certain to become the textbook of choice for classes on multiagent systems."
Noam Nisan, Hebrew University

"Shoham and Leyton-Brown traverse several disciplines to bring together the most salient and useful technical principles for understanding multiagent systems. This text is the first to provide computer scientists with a comprehensive treatment of the mathematical machinery they need to analyze systems of autonomous agents, integrating their computational and strategic dimensions."
Michael Wellman, University of Michigan

"... a useful reference volume for researchers and a good foundational body of knowledge for those just starting their exploration of the field. It is rich in examples... With its 13 chapters, this volume definitely deserves a handy place on the shelves of those studying MAS... Highly recommended.
G. Trajkovski, Laureate Higher Education Group for Choice Magazine

"The book with its comprehensive and broad treatment promises to become the standard textbook on multiagent systems. It provides a useful and easy to read survey of a rapidly growing field. The text is one of the clearest expositions of concepts in game theory. The book easily deserves to be on the shelf of any modern theoretical computer scientist."
Haris Aziz, SIGACT News

Book Description

Multiagent systems are those systems that include multiple autonomous entities with either diverging information or diverging interests, or both. This comprehensive introduction to a burgeoning field is written from a computer science perspective, while bringing together ideas from operations research, game theory, economics, logic, and even philosophy and linguistics.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel O. Cajueiro on February 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic introduction to game theory where the authors are cleverly worried about the algorithms used to solve the problems. Therefore, it provides a great link among computer science, economic theory and operational research.

The structure of the book is based on very clear definitions, elucidating examples and theorems (not all proved, but several ones are proved). A great point of the book is the updated list of references in the last section of each chapter that can help the interested the reader find additional information about each topic is being taught in the book.

Chapter 1 introduces the problem of Distributed constraint satisfaction that will be used later in the book to compute the Nash equilibrium.

Chapter 2 is a basic introduction to dynamic programming and auction theory.

Chapters 3, 4 and 5 provide an introduction to decision theory and basic game theory. The bonus of these chapters is the list of algorithms that are presented in order to compute the equilibriums. It is worth mentioning that these chapters are as good as the best available introductions to game theory. All the basic topics are clearly covered.

Chapter 6 presents more specific representations of games. Some of them are very common in other books (such as Repeated games and Bayesian games), but others (such as congestion games) are not very common.

Chapter 7 deals with learning and teaching.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve on July 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
On the positive side, the book gives an indication of the wide variety of work that has been done, and is being done, in the area of multiagent systems. On the negative side, I would have liked to see more work done in producing a taxonomy of the field before digging into the details of particular approaches. The authors also seem to be uncertain exactly how to integrate logic (especially modal logic) with existing and current work. As a result, rather than playing a foundational role, the authors have added logic mostly as an afterthought. This may be an honest reflection of how research in multiagent systems is done these days, with computer scientists mostly ignoring the often impenetrable modal logic literature.
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It is a good exposition of algorithmic game-theory. I bought it to understand more about how computer science people look at game-theory. Sometimes I cringe with the language (e.g. "instantiation" ?) but overall it is well-written and a nice text-book, although I would not teach from it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rumbucket on October 2, 2013
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I have been looking for books on game theory and software development ever since I completed my game theory class. I am still reading this book, but I really like it so far.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Situated Agent on May 21, 2011
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While I generally appreciate Shoham's contributions, this book is disappointingly narrow. While building on the author's previous work in game theory, it ignores many of the major contributors to multiagent systems including Robert Axtell, Joshua Epstein, Nigel Gilbert, Kathleen Carley, Lars-Erik Cederman, Michael North, William Griffin, Scott Page and many more. If you are interested in a few particular approaches and techniques, the book may be useful, but it cannot be viewed as a full or adequate overview of this vital field.
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