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Normative Agents

  • Mark d’Inverno
  • Michael Luck
Part of the Springer Series on Agent Technology book series (SSAT)

Abstract

Agents operating in a common society need to be constrained in order to avoid and address conflicts, make agreements, reduce complexity, and, generally, to achieve a desirable social order [28, 30, 31, 124]. This is the role of norms, which represent what ought to be done by a set of agents, and whose fulfillment can be seen as a public good when the benefits that they bring can be enjoyed by the society, organisation or group [20]. Norms thus represent the means to achieve the societal goals of a society. Research on norms and agents has ranged from fundamental work on the importance of norms in agent behaviour [31, 170] to proposing internal representations of norms [29,171], considering their emergence in groups of agents [173], and proposing logics for their formalisation [147, 177].

Keywords

Normative Agent Normative Role Norm Compliance Reward Norm Addressee Agent 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark d’Inverno
    • 1
  • Michael Luck
    • 2
  1. 1.Cavendish School of Computer ScienceUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Electronic s and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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