Argumentation as a Social Computing Paradigm

  • Yuichi Umeda
  • Massashi Yamashita
  • Masanobu Inagaki
  • Hajime Sawamura
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1881)


In this paper, we claim that argumentation is a novel and prominent computing principle and provides a unified approach to technologies needed in agent-oriented computing, where social concepts play important roles in computation. Viewed as the reasoning methods of attaining a consensus, they can be roughly classified into three categories: (i) conflict-resolving reasoning, (ii) dialectical reasoning, and (iii) cooperative reasoning. We describe these formally in a unified manner, and build an argument-based agent system with those argument-based reasoning capabilities. Finally, we show its potential usefulness and feasibility in a convincing manner by applying it to a wide variety of the contemporary application domains.


argumentation agent dialectics Aufheben compromise concession cooperation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuichi Umeda
    • 1
  • Massashi Yamashita
    • 1
  • Masanobu Inagaki
    • 1
  • Hajime Sawamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Information Engineering and Graduate School of Science and EngineeringNiigata UniversityNiigataJapan

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