S. A. Khan and L. Bölöni

Agent-based modeling of a price information trading business


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S. A. Khan and L. Bölöni. Agent-based modeling of a price information trading business. In Proc. of 26th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS-2011), pp. 257–262, October 2011.

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Abstract:

We describe an agent-based simulation of a fictional (but feasible) information trading business. The Gas Price Information Trader (GPIT) buys information about real-time gas prices in a metropolitan area from drivers and resells the information to drivers who need to refuel their vehicles. Our simulation uses real world geographic data, lifestyle-dependent driving patterns and vehicle models to create an agent-based model of the drivers. We use real world statistics of gas price fluctuation to create scenarios of temporal and spatial distribution of gas prices. The price of the information is determined on a case-by-case basis through a simple negotiation model. The trader and the customers are adapting their negotiation strategies based on their historical profits. We are interested in the general properties of the emerging information market: the amount of realizable profit and its distribution between the trader and customers, the business strategies necessary to keep the market operational (such as promotional deals), the price elasticity of demand and the impact of pricing strategies on the profit.

BibTeX:

@inproceedings{SKhan-2011-ISCIS,
title = "Agent-based modeling of a price information trading business",
author = "S. A. Khan and L. B{\"o}l{\"o}ni",
booktitle = "Proc. of 26th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS-2011)",
year = "2011",
month = "October",
pages = "257-262",
abstract = {
  We describe an agent-based simulation of a fictional (but feasible)
  information trading business. The Gas Price Information Trader (GPIT)
  buys information about real-time gas prices in a metropolitan area
  from drivers and resells the information to drivers who need to
  refuel their vehicles.
  Our simulation uses real world geographic data, lifestyle-dependent
  driving patterns and vehicle models to create an agent-based model of
  the drivers. We use real world statistics of gas price fluctuation to
  create scenarios of temporal and spatial distribution of gas prices.
  The price of the information is determined on a case-by-case basis
  through a simple negotiation model. The trader and the customers are
  adapting their negotiation strategies based on their historical
  profits.
  We are interested in the general properties of the emerging
  information market: the amount of realizable profit and its
  distribution between the trader and customers, the business
  strategies necessary to keep the market operational (such as
  promotional deals), the price elasticity of demand and the impact of
  pricing strategies on the profit.
 }
}

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