TitleLearning collaboration strategies for committees of learning agents
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPlaza E, Ontañón S
JournalAutonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Volume13
Number3
Pagination429-461
Abstract

A main issue in cooperation in multi-agent systems is how an agent decides in which situations is better to cooperate with other agents, and with which agents does the agent cooperate. Specifically in this paper we focus on multi-agent systems composed of learning agents, where the goal of the agents is to achieve a high accuracy on predicting the correct solution of the problems they encounter. For that purpose, when encountering a new problem each agent has to decide whether to solve it individually or to ask other agents for collaboration. We will see that learning agents can collaborate forming committees in order to improve performance. Moreover, in this paper we will present a proactive learning approach that will allow the agents to learn when to convene a committee and with which agents to invite to join the committee. Our experiments show that learning results in smaller committees while maintaining (and sometimes improving) the problem solving accuracy than forming committees composed of all agents.