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Personal agents have been developed that assist the user with information processing needs by generating, filtering, collecting, or transforming information. On the other hand, Internet stores are providing services customized by the needs and interests of individual customers. Such services can be viewed as "seller's agents" whose goal is to push merchandise and/or services on to the users. This leads us to believe that there is a growing need for deploying "buyer's agents" whose goal is to best serve the consumer's interests. We have identified several key functionalities of such buyer's agents: informing consumers of complex interactions between specified preferences and prevailing market conditions, providing differential analysis for decision support, using domain ontologies to help the user reformulate in queries. In this paper, we present a prototype buyer's agent that demonstrates some of these functionalities in an apartment locator domain.
Circuits and Systems, 2002. MWSCAS-2002. The 2002 45th Midwest Symposium on (Volume:1 )
Date of Conference: 4-7 Aug. 2002