Understanding the Emergence of Conventions in Multi-Agent Systems.

  • Walker A
  • Wooldridge M
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In this paper, we investigate techniques via which a group of autonomous agents can reach a global agreement on the use of social conventions by using only locally available information. Such conventions play a central role in naturally-occurring social systems, and there are good reasons for supposing that they will play a similarly important role in artificial social systems. Following a short review of conventions and their use in distributed artificial intelligence, we present a...

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  • conventions
  • cooperation
  • emergent be-
  • haviour
  • norms
  • organization
  • self-design
  • social laws

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  • Adam Walker

  • Michael Wooldridge

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