Software Agent

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DIESIS project

The DIESIS project [1] gives the following definition:

A software agent (or autonomous agent or intelligent agent) is a computer program which works toward goals (as opposed to discrete tasks) in a dynamic environment (where change is the norm) on behalf of another entity (human or computational), possibly over an extended period of time, without continuous direct supervision or control, and exhibits a significant degree of flexibility and even creativity in how it seeks to transform goals into action tasks. (source:

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Other Definitions

A software agent is defined as a piece of software that acts on behalf of its user and endeavors to meet certain objectives or complete tasks without any direct input or direct supervision from its user. [2]

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