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Aug 26 2009   7:27PM GMT

Negotiation Ninjas – Don’t like to haggle? Use a computer agent

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“Heuristics are commonly used in computer science to find an optimal solution to a problem when there is not a single ‘right answer’.  If you can’t analyze mathematically exactly what you should do…then you end up with heuristics.”

Professor Nick Jennings as quoted in Computer ‘agents’ take to the Web

The BBC reports that “Negotiation Ninjas” will be tested on a shopping website called Aroxo. The agents will use heuristics ( a simple set of rules) based on information provided by the seller and the buyer.

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