Evolutionary E-Commerce Agents with Ontology Exchange

S.-U. Guan and F. Zhu (Singapore)


Software agents, ontology exchange, e-commerce.


Agent-based electronic commerce (e-commerce) has been booming with the development of the Internet and agent technologies. However, little efforts have been devoted to exploring the learning and evolving capabilities of software agents. This paper addresses issues of evolving software agents in e-commerce applications. An agent structure with evolution features is proposed with a focus on internal hierarchical knowledge, and product ontology is chosen as an instance of knowledge base. We propose a new approach to facilitate ontology exchange among e commerce agents. The ontology exchange model and its formalities are elaborated. Product-brokering agents have been designed and implemented, which accomplish the ontology exchange process from request to integration.

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