A Step towards Softbots: Easy2Shop, a Multi Agent based Shopping bot

Khalid Mahmood, Bashir Ahmad, Allah Nawaz, Ihsan Ullah, Muhammad Abid

Abstract


With the emergence and omnipresence of e-commerce on the internet, online purchasing assistants and applications have made their appearance. More commonly known as “shop bots†these intelligent agents facilitate the purchasing process, therefore saving time and money. Most shop bots provide you with a list of companies offering the best price and service for the product that you want. The first shop bot Bargain Finder was developed in 1995 by Andersen consulting and it was designed to help people find only musical CDs. Today, Shop bots are capable of finding a wide variety of products and services offered on the internet. These intelligent agents help you to make the best choice when looking for CDs, DVDs, books, computers, software, and cars.

Keywords: Intelligent agents, Shopping bots, E-Commerce, Multi agents, Robotics, Easy2Shop, Intelligent agent criteria, Soft bots.


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