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Michael T. Cox and Anita Raja

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014809

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014809.001.0001

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Controlling Deliberation in Coordinators

Controlling Deliberation in Coordinators

(p.59) 5 Controlling Deliberation in Coordinators

George Alexander

Anita Raja

David Musliner

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This chapter describes efforts to add metalevel control capabilities to the Informed Unroller agent (IU-agent), a scheduling agent based on the Markov decision process (MDP) formalism designed to operate in a cooperative multiagent environment. It begins by reviewing related work in metalevel control, especially in the area of performance profiling. It then provides background information on Markov decision processes and the TAEMS modeling language (a derivative of which was used to represent the IU- agent’s tasks) along with a description of the IU-agent. This is followed by a discussion of the implemented metalevel control approach and experimental results indicating its advantages for the IU-agent. The chapter concludes by presenting lessons learned over the course of implementing metalevel control for the IU-agent and suggestions for future work in metalevel control.

Keywords:   metalevel control, Informed Unroller agent, scheduling agent, Markov decision process

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