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The Simplicity of Complex Agents Contextual Action Framework for Computational Agents

Elsenbroich, CJ and Verhagen, H (2015) The Simplicity of Complex Agents Contextual Action Framework for Computational Agents Mind and Society.

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Abstract

Collective dilemmas have attracted widespread interest in several social sciences and the humanities including economics, sociology and philosophy. Since Hardin’s intuitive example of the Tragedy of the Commons, many real-world public goods dilemmas have been analysed with a wide ranging set of possible and actual solutions. The plethora of solutions to these dilemmas suggests that people make different kinds of decision in different situations. Rather than trying to find a unifying kind of reasoning to capture all situations, as the paradigm of rationality has done, this article develops a framework of agent decision-making for social simulation, that takes seriously both different kinds of decision making as well as different interpretations of situations. The Contextual Action Framework for Computational Agents allows for the modelling of complex social phenomena, like dilemma situations, with relatively simple agents by shifting complexity from an agent’s cognition to an agent’s context.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Elsenbroich, CJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Verhagen, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 22 September 2015
Funders : AHRC
Identification Number : 10.1007/s11299-015-0183-y
Grant Title : Collective Reasoning as a Moral Point of View
Copyright Disclaimer : The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11299-015-0183-y
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Apr 2016 11:17
Last Modified : 19 Sep 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810262

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