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An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470519460
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“Nevertheless, despite these minor issues, this book is highly recommended to all socio-economic agent-based modellers, beginners or otherwise. Wooldridge’s scope, rigor, and well-respected experience at the current coalface means there’s plenty in here of interest for old-timers, while beginners can skip some of the maths and more bleeding-edge theory and concentrate easily on the implementation without loosing much.”  (Appl. Spatial Analysis, 2011)

 

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"A thoroughly revised and updated book, written by one of the leading researchers in the field. This excellent book provides a wonderful introduction and a comprehensive exposition of the increasingly important field of multi-agent systems."
—Professor Nick Jennings FREng
Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton

Multiagent systems are a new paradigm for understanding and building distributed systems, where it is assumed that the computational components are autonomous: able to control their own behaviour in the furtherance of their own goals. The first edition of An Introduction to Multiagent Systems was the first contemporary textbook in the area, and became the standard undergraduate reference work for the field. This second edition has been extended with substantial new material on recent developments in the field, and has been revised and updated throughout. It provides a comprehensive, coherent, and readable introduction to the theory and practice of multiagent systems, while presenting a wealth of discussion topics and pointers into more advanced issues for those wanting to dig deeper.

Key new features include:

  • dedicated new chapters on ontologies, voting, auctions, bargaining, coalition formation, and argumentation, reflecting recent research directions and new results;
  • "mind maps" to illustrate key concepts and ideas - an essential study and revision aid;
  • 590 literature references, revised, updated, and extended to reflect the state of the art in agent research and development.

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2nd edition (June 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470519460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470519462
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks more like a encyclopedia than a book. It provides how to define and classify the problems, and explains the problems in many aspects. Unfortunately, it does not show really engineering aspects of the problem, i.e., how we can solve it, especially in computer systems. Though this book introduces some given solutions, there names and features are just listed: the readers can get only vague idea about what kind of algorithms they chose, why do they chose such solutions, or what are the strong points and weak points of those solutions.

If you are planning to start working in this field, this book is recommended. If you are just interested in the engineering aspects of multiagent systems, however, this book does not seem to be a good choice.
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MultiAgent Systems is a great field of work. There is a lot to explore in the space and it ties in ideas from many different fields.

The problem with this textbook is that it tries to cover far too much. I felt as though the chapters were very disjoint, and I also thought the notation used in the book was sloppy and obtrusive. It could've been presented in a much clearer format.

One thing I enjoyed were the MindMaps at the end/beginning of the chapters. They really showed the ideas that were being presented in a nice manner and helped calm the frustration of the overall disorganized manner of the book. I hope to see future editions clear a few of these issues up, because this area is very important with the growing number of independent automaton, and it would be great to have a resource such as this aims to be.
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I bought the kindle edition of this book. Although there are many editing issues with the book, especially when read on kindle I find that Wooldridge presentation both as systematic and insightful approach to multi-agent systems. He discusses many of the basic topics of multi-agent systems from the design perspective, so it is a good introduction to field. However I would have liked more to date discussion on multi-agent robotic systems. Topics such as control laws, consensus based approaches ACO, PSO and distributed particle filtering methods are barely even touched (contains a small presentation on Stanley from the DARPA Grand challenge).

All in all an okay intro read.
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I needed an easier text than Shoham's to teach for a postgraduate class and I had limited set of books in mind (Weiss, this one and Shoham's). Firstly the quality of ebook version is horrible. I needed to go through the book before teaching and I had a hard time. Secondly the English is difficult for someone who is not a native. I have lived in English speaking countries, yet I would find myself struggling with sentences (let alone the students).

Just look at an example:

"It is perhaps never logically required even for humans, but expressing reasonably briefly what is actually known about the state of the machine in a particular situation may require mental qualities or qualities isomorphic to them."
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This is a great book. I am a Computer Science Grad Student and this book is a great intro book. It is not only a great read and easily understandable (ie. it is written for undergrad to Grad) but it also has a moderately high degree of technicality that makes it more interesting to the more advanced reader. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the subject of MultiAgent Systems.
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Indispensable guide for those who need to study this matter.
The fundamental concepts are clearly explained and points to the most relevant studies on this subject.
Not to be missed.
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