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Evaluation

 

The evaluation of this work is rather difficult since it is mostly exploratory and the main goal is to extend the SiFA paradigm to include a model of conflicts and negotiations.

The goals of this work were previously identified and expressed in the form of the following questions:

Almost all of the goals set forth for this thesis have been met by this body of work as seen from the answers given to the questions above. It is not possible to show more solid results than the demonstration of the ideas presented in chapter 7 using excerpts from sample runs of COSINE. This is due to the fact that the work on SiFA's is still new and the model keeps evolving. A full implementation of a SiFA-based system that is capable of solving real life design problems does not yet exist, therefore it is not possible to say that SiFA-based systems perform better than others in terms of any metric. Even if the SiFA paradigm does not prove to be useful in a practical sense, we claim that it is a very interesting research tool that enables the study of all aspects of multi-agent systems, especially conflict management.

The next chapter discusses some of the possible future research directions using the SiFA paradigm.



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Ilan Berker
Thu Apr 27 16:25:38 EDT 1995