Fluctuation in Multi-agent System of Supermarket Chain Network

  • Kwok Yip Szeto
  • Chiwah Kong
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2690)


Resource allocation on a supermarket chain network in shopping malls is modeled by a Multi-Agent System describing competition and cooperation between branches of companies. Shops are occupied by one of two companies, B (black) or W (white) and they compete with each other for domination. Fluctuation in the market share is measured as a function of noise, which is a result of advertisement and discount between competing agents. Existence of a critical value of noise level where competition drives large fluctuation in the market share is demonstrated by results in Monte Carlo simulation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwok Yip Szeto
    • 1
  • Chiwah Kong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong SARChina

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