Institute for Software Research
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


The Supply Chain Management Game
for the 2007 Trading Agent Competition

John Collins*, Raghu Arunachalam, Norman Sadeh
Joakim Eriksson, Niclas Finne, Sverker Janson**

December 2006


Keywords: Autonomous agent, electronic commerce, trading agent

This is the specification for the Trading Agent Competition – Supply Chain Management Game for 2007 (TAC SCM-07). Agents are simulations of small manufacturers, who must compete with each other for both supplies and customers, and manage inventories and production facilities.

Based on the positive experience with the 2006 trading agent competition, no technical changes have been made to the game for 2007. However, the position on the use of external information by the agents (i.e. that provided by the game viewer or the game logs) has been clarified. Using such information, either manually or automatically, is now regarded as external 'tuning' of the agent. As such, according to the existing competition rules, it is forbidden within any specific round during of finals of the competition.

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*Computer Science Department, University of Minnesota, USA
**Swedish Institute of Computer Science, SE-164 29 Kista, Sweden

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