A Microeconomic Approach to Intelligent Resource Sharing in Multiagent Systems

Jaeho Lee and Edmund H. Durfee

We have analyzed characteristics of sharable resources and developed techniques for intelligently sharing resources--specifically, communication channels-- among agents in multiagent systems. Our techniques allow agents to nearly optimize their communication behavior in a distributed fashion, involving the use of a microeconomic pricing system based on economic laws of supply and demand and trading among agents in real-time. Our ~alyses are based on three measures of performance: fairness of resource allocation, utilization of resources, and waiting time for resources.


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