deliberative agent

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An agent which has some knowledge of an application domain and is able to carry out a complicated task using this knowledge. For example, a manufacturing company which develops products from electronic components might use a deliberative agent that has knowledge about factors such as supplier reliability, supplier price, and supplier delivery times to decide on an optimal mix of orders for components so that the cost and time of production are minimized. Deliberative agents use an area of computer science known as artificial intelligence. This is the discipline which has, as its ultimate aim, the development of artefacts which exhibit some form of intelligent behaviour, albeit over a narrow application domain such as electronic component purchasing or air travel scheduling. The main technology used in intelligent agents is that associated with expert systems. These are intelligent programs which contain knowledge about a domain in a database known as rule base. This rule base contains statements such as ‘If you order this component from supplier X then you will get a good price and reasonably good delivery time unless the component is of type Y, in which case the delivery time will be longer than three weeks.’

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