Title: Towards convenient customer-driven group-buying: an intelligent centralised P2P system

Authors: Toly Chen

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, Feng Chia University, 100, Wenhwa Rd., Seatwen, Taichung City 408, Taiwan

Abstract: In group-buying, the utility of a customer can only be maximised if the customer can buy the item he or she personally needs at a possibly lowest price, not just an item recommended by another customer or the supplier that he or she is supposed to like. To this end, a software agent is developed in this study to make every customer easily reach the web page he or she browses for a target item for group-buying. An experimental system is constructed in this study to demonstrate the applicability of the software agent. Its advantages and/or disadvantages are also discussed.

Keywords: customer-driven group buying; electronic commerce; e-commerce; software agents; agent-based systems; intelligent P2P; peer-to-peer.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2012.047375

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2012 Vol.8 No.1, pp.16 - 31

Available online: 17 Jun 2012 *

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