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This paper introduces Agent Factory, a cohesive framework supporting a structured approach to the development and deployment of agent-oriented applications. We describe Agent Factory together with an accompanying agent development methodology. We detail the key attributes of Agent Factory, namely: visual design, design reuse, behaviour enactment, migration,(More)
Agent Factory is a cohesive framework for the development and deployment of multi-agent systems. Since its inception in the mid 1990s, Agent Factory has gone through a metamorphosis process, whereby several new extensions, revisions, and enhancements have been made. This chapter provides a discussion of the incremental developments in Agent Factory and(More)
Data Fusion is the combination of a number of independent search results, relating to the same document collection, into a single result to be presented to the user. A number of probabilistic data fusion models have been shown to be effective in empirical studies. These typically attempt to estimate the probability that particular documents will be(More)
Data fusion is the combination of the results of independent searches on a document collection into one single output result set. It has been shown in the past that this can greatly improve retrieval effectiveness over that of the individual results.This paper presents <i>probFuse</i>, a probabilistic approach to data fusion. <i>ProbFuse</i> assumes that(More)
Agent-Oriented Programming (AOP) researchers have successfully developed a range of agent programming languages that bridge the gap between theory and practice. Unfortunately, despite the in-community success of these languages, they have proven less compelling to the wider software engineering community. One of the main problems facing AOP language(More)
For AOP (Agent Oriented Programming) to become a mature discipline, lessons must be learned from practical language implementations. We present AF-APL (AgentFac-tory-Agent Programming Language) as an Agent Oriented Programming Language that has matured with continued revisions and implementations, resulting in a language-which, although based on the more(More)
Recent years has seen a rise in interestinIntelligentAgents. Much of this interest is focused on how Agent Technologies may be used in modern computer systems. Aconsequence of this is the need for robust environments that facilitate the efficientconstructionof Multi-Agent Systems (MAS). One such system is Agent Factory. This paper provides an overview of(More)
Recent developments in the field of data fusion have seen a focus on techniques that use training queries to estimate the probability that various documents are relevant to a given query and use that information to assign scores to those documents on which they are subsequently ranked. This paper introduces SlideFuse, which builds on these techniques,(More)