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Multiagent systems. Algorithmic, game-theoretic, and logical foundations. (English) Zbl 1163.91006
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (ISBN 978-0-521-89943-7/hbk). xx, 483 p. (2009).
The volume under review aims to present an overview of theoretical and methodological tools used for analysis of multiagent and distributed systems. The text is divided into 14 chapters, completed by appendices (including brief overview of mathematical disciplines exploated in the chapters), bibliography and index. The organization of particular chapters respects the fundamental structure of textbooks. Main deal of them is devoted to the principles of the distributed problem solving and several topics regarding noncooperative and coalitional games, their solutions, as well as their algorithmic aspects. Several chapters deal with some related topics like multiagent learning, multiagent systems communication, social choice including voting theory, aggregation of preferences, and a special case of auctions. The last two chapters regard modal logic of knowledge and belief. Besides the overall list of bibiography (334 items), each chapter is concluded by a brief section on the history of the topic, and several specific references.

MSC:
91-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to game theory, economics, and finance
03B42 Logics of knowledge and belief (including belief change)
68M14 Distributed systems
91A10 Noncooperative games
91A12 Cooperative games
91A28 Signaling and communication in game theory
91B14 Social choice
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