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Agent-Oriented Software Engineering IV

Volume 2935 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 123-137

A Design Taxonomy of Multi-agent Interactions

  • H. Van Dyke ParunakAffiliated withAltarum
  • , Sven BruecknerAffiliated withAltarum
  • , Mitch FleischerAffiliated withAltarum
  • , James OdellAffiliated withJames Odell Associates

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Abstract

Agent interactions are frequently characterized as “coherent,” “collaborative,” “cooperative,” “competitive,” or “coordinated.” These terms specialize the more foundational category of “correlation,” which can be measured by the joint information of a system. “Congruence”is orthogonal to the others, reflecting the degree to which correlation and its specializations satisfy user requirements. A taxonomy of these mechanisms can guide the design of multi-agent interaction. Lack of correlation is sometimes necessary, and requires the use of formal stochasticity.