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It is often the case that agents within a system have distinct types of knowledge. Furthermore, whilst common goals may be agreed upon, the particular representations of the individual agents' views of the world that they operate within may not always match. In this paper we provide a framework to allow different agents with different expertise to make(More)
The majority of existing work on agent dialogues considers negotiation, persuasion or deliberation dialogues; we focus on inquiry dialogues, which allow agents to collaborate in order to find new knowledge. We present a general framework for representing dialogues and give the details necessary to generate two subtypes of inquiry dialogue that we define:(More)
Current approaches to modelling plans and processes in AI are limited by current understanding of "goals" and "intentions". We discuss this question in a medical context, viewing goals as clinical objectives and plans and processes as collections of tasks to achieve those objectives. The specific context for this discussion is the CREDO project, which aims(More)
Logic-based argumentation offers an approach to querying and revising multiple ontologies that are inconsistent or incoherent. A common assumption for logic-based argumentation is that an argument is a pair Φ, α where Φ is a minimal subset of the knowledgebase such that Φ is consistent and Φ entails the claim α. Using dialogue games, agents (each with its(More)
We take a simple form of non-adversarial persuasion dialogue in which one participant (the persuader) aims to convince the other (the responder) to accept the topic of the dialogue by asserting sets of beliefs. The responder replies honestly to indicate whether it finds the topic to be acceptable (we make no prescription as to what formalism and semantics(More)
The aim of this study was twofold. Firstly to assess the post treatment predictive value of various biochemical and immunological tests for early hypothyroidism after 131I therapy for Graves' disease, and secondly to determine whether or not pretreatment with Carbimazole protects against post treatment hypothyroidism. The early changes observed in serum T3,(More)
BACKGROUND Gaps in the knowledge of general practitioners (GPs) in medical genetics prevent the effective utilization of genetic services and increase the risk of liability. Educators recommend that genetics should be integrated into existing teaching programs but the effectiveness of these types of programs is unknown. AIM The objective of this study was(More)
The majority of existing work on agent dialogues considers negotiation, persuasion or deliberation dialogues. We focus on inquiry dialogues that allow two agents to share knowledge in order to construct an argument for a specific claim. Inquiry dialogues are particularly useful in cooperative domains such as healthcare, and can be embedded within other(More)
Knowledge of clinical goals and the means to achieve them are either not represented in most current guideline representation systems or are encoded procedurally (e.g. as clinical algorithms, condition-action rules). There would be a number of major benefits if guideline enactment systems could reason explicitly about clinical objectives (e.g. whether a(More)