An Approach to Norms Assimilation in Normative Multi-agent Systems

  • Moamin A. Mahmoud
  • Mohd Sharifuddin Ahmad
  • Azhana Ahmad
  • Mohd Zaliman Mohd Yusoff
  • Aida Mustapha
  • Nurzeatul Hamimah Abdul Hamid
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 513)


Empirical researches on norms have become the subject of interest for many researchers in norms and normative systems. However, research in norms assimilation seems to be lacking in concept and theory within this research domain. In this paper, we propose a norms assimilation theory and implement such assimilation by exploiting an agent’s internal and external beliefs. Internal belief represents the agent’s ability while the external belief refers to the assimilation cost with a specific social group or society. From the agent’s beliefs of its ability and assimilation cost, it is able to decide whether to accept or reject assimilation with a particular social group. This paper builds an approach to norms assimilation and analyzes the cases for an agent to decide to assimilate with a social group’s norms.


Intelligent software agents norms normative systems norms assimilation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Moamin A. Mahmoud
    • 1
  • Mohd Sharifuddin Ahmad
    • 2
  • Azhana Ahmad
    • 2
  • Mohd Zaliman Mohd Yusoff
    • 2
  • Aida Mustapha
    • 3
  • Nurzeatul Hamimah Abdul Hamid
    • 4
  1. 1.College of Graduate StudiesUniversiti Tenaga NasionalKajangMalaysia
  2. 2.College of Information TechnologyUniversiti Tenaga NasionalKajangMalaysia
  3. 3.Faculty of Computer Science & Information TechnologyUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia
  4. 4.Faculty of Computer and Mathematical SciencesUniversiti Teknologi MARAShah AlamMalaysia

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