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Available resources can often be limited with regard to the number of demands. In this paper we propose an approach for solving this problem which consists of using the mechanisms of multi-item auctions for allocating the resources to a set of software agents. We consider the resource problem as a market in which there are vendor agents and buyer agents which trade on items representing the resources. These agents use multi-item auctions which are viewed here as a process of automaticdoi:10.1016/s0950-5849(01)00216-6 fatcat:wfh7jlwjxraefmxdmxsh55q5le