Arguing from Similar Positions: An Empirical Analysis

  • Josh Murphy
  • Elizabeth Black
  • Michael Luck
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9524)


Argument-based deliberation dialogues are an important mechanism in the study of agent coordination, allowing agents to exchange formal arguments to reach an agreement for action. Agents participating in a deliberation dialogue may begin the dialogue with very similar sets of arguments to one another, or they may start the dialogue with disjoint sets of arguments, or some middle ground. In this paper, we empirically investigate whether the similarity of agents’ arguments affects the dialogue outcome. Our results show that agents that have similar sets of initially known arguments are less likely to reach an agreement through dialogue than those that have dissimilar sets of initially known arguments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InformaticsKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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