Research on inheritance of software agent

Xiaocong Fan, Dianxiang Xu, Jianmin Hou, Guoliang Zheng

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As a kind of restricted intelligent objects, agent is a natural way to research the inheritance feature of software agent and integrate inheritance mechanisms into AOP (agent-oriented programming). Based on BDI model of agents, the semantics of inheritance and cloning behavior of agents are addressed. The semantics of inheritance are discussed from two aspects: single inheritance and multiple inheritance. The dynamic cloning mechanisms of agent instances are formally classified into four types: function split, logic split, preference split and retrogress split. The principle of each cloning mechanism is presented and the examples are provided based on the electronic commerce systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1132-1137
Number of pages6
JournalRuan Jian Xue Bao/Journal of Software
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software


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