A Method for Transferring Probabilistic User Models between Environments

  • David L. Roberts
  • Fred Roberts
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-25289-1_6

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7069)
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Roberts D.L., Roberts F. (2011) A Method for Transferring Probabilistic User Models between Environments. In: Si M., Thue D., André E., Lester J.C., Tanenbaum J., Zammitto V. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7069. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Chief among the inputs to decision making algorithms in narrative or game environments is a model of player or opponent decision making. A challenge that will always face designers is to specify that model ahead of time, when actual data from the environment is likely not to be available. Absent corpora of data, designers must intuit these models as best they can, incorporating domain or expert knowledge when available. To make this process more precise, we derive a theoretically grounded technique to transfer an observed user model from one domain to another. We answer the question: “How can a model obtained from observations of one environment inform a model for another environment?” We verify the accuracy of our techniques using data from previous user studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Roberts
    • 1
  • Fred Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.DIMACSRutgers UniversityUSA

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