Solving complex decision-making problems through agent-matrices cooperation

Hao Lan Zhang, Jiming LIU, Yong Tang, Chaoyi Pang

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Making decisions in a dynamic environment is complicated and indefinite because of various unpredictable factors and large volumes of information. It has become a key issue for modern organizations to have efficient systems and tools to support rational decision-making in problem-solving processes, particularly, for problems with a lack of predefined structure. This paper provides a novel agent-based framework for Decision Support Systems (DSS) based on the analysis of the major problems in existing DSS. The proposed multi-agent-based framework, namely the Agent-Matrices framework, provides an open, efficient and flexible architecture for DSSs. The Agent-Matrices framework overcomes the compatibility and connectivity problems in most traditional DSS applications. This framework utilises Matrices to allow agents to acquire information, self-upgrade, perform tasks, travel to other Matrices, and be reused. This paper primarily introduces the methods used for coordinating the Matrices and agents to solve a complex problem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb Information Systems Engineering, WISE 2013 - 14th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages10
EditionPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event14th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, WISE 2013 - Nanjing, China
Duration: 13 Oct 201315 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume8181 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, WISE 2013
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Scopus Subject Areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Agent-based Systems
  • Agent-Matrices
  • DSS


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