Agents for information broadcasting

Esther David, Sarit Kraus

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In this paper we consider an environment which consists of one broadcasting entity (producer) which broadcasts information to a large number of personal computer users, who can down-load information to their PC disks (consumers). We concentrate on the most critical phase of the broadcasting system operation, which is the characterization of the users’ needs in order to maximize the efficiency of the broadcast information. Since the broadcasting system can not consider each user in isolation, it has to consider certain communities of users. We have proposed using a hierarchic distributed model of software agents to facilitate receiving feedback from the users by the broadcasting system. These agents cluster the system’s users into communities with similar interest domains. Subsequently, these agents calculate a representative profile for each community. Finally, the broadcasting agent builds an appropriate broadcasting program for each community. We developed a simulation of the broadcasting environment in order to evaluate and analyze the performance of our proposed model and techniques. The simulation results support our hypothesis that our techniques provide broadcasting programs, which are of great interest to the users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Agents VI
Subtitle of host publicationAgent Theories Architectures and Languages - 6th International Workshop, ATAL 1999 , Proceedings
EditorsNicholas R. Jennings, Yves Lesperance
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)3540672001, 9783540672005
StatePublished - 2000
Event6th International Workshop on Agent Theories Architectures and Languages, ATAL 1999 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 199917 Jul 1999

Publication series

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


Conference6th International Workshop on Agent Theories Architectures and Languages, ATAL 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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