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This paper describes the fundamental concepts of a social reasoning mechanism, designed to be part of an agent's internal model, in a multi-agent systems (MAS) context. It enables an agent to reason about the others using information about their goals, actions, resources and plans. Every agent stores this information in a data structure called external… (More)
Internalization is at study in social-behavioural sciences and moral philosophy since long; of late, the debate was revamped within the rationality approach to the study of cooperation and compliance since internalization is a less costly and more reliable enforcement system than social control. But how does it work? So far, poor attention was paid to the… (More)
The paper will describe a micro-social property, namely a module of an agent architecture, which is the immergent effect of norm-based regulation, and will illustrate how it allows for the recognition and conformity to existing norms, but also in at least one type of norm-innovation.
In this paper, we present an abstract structure called dependence graph, an extension of the notion of dependence network, as proposed in . While this latter can be applied to express a set of dependence relations of a single agent, this new structure can be applied to the multi-agent case. It can be used, therefore, for the study of emerging social… (More)
This paper introduces Repage, a computational system that adopts a cognitive theory of reputation. We propose a fundamental difference between image and reputation, which suggests a way out from the paradox of sociality, i.e. the trade-off between agents' autonomy and their need to adapt to social environment. On one hand, agents are autonomous if they… (More)