Single-phase agreements among rational agents

Jeffrey S. Rosenschein*, Michael R. Genesereth

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A formal framework is presented that models communication and promises in multi-agent interactions. This framework generalizes previous work on co-operation without communication (Genesereth et al. 1984a, Genesereth et al. 1986), and shows the ability of communication to resolve conflicts among agents having disparate goals. Using a one-phase deal-making mechanism, agents are able to coordinate and cooperate more easily than in the communication-free model. In addition, there are certain types of interactions where communication makes possible mutually beneficial activity that is otherwise impossible to coordinate.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993


  • Distributed artificial intelligence
  • Game theory
  • Negotiation
  • Rational interaction


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