Norms and accountability in multi-agent societies

Author Rodger Kibble

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Rodger Kibble. Norms and accountability in multi-agent societies. In Normative Multi-agent Systems. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 7122, pp. 1-10, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


It is argued that norms are best understood as classes of constraints on practical reasoning, which an agent may consult either to select appropriate goals or commitments according to the circumstances, or to construct a discursive justification for a course of action after the event. We also discuss the question of how norm-conformance can be enforced in an open agent society, arguing that some form of peer pressure is needed in open agent societies lacking universally-recognised rules or any accepted authority structure. The paper includes formal specifications of some data structures that may be employed in reasoning about normative agents.
  • Norms
  • agents
  • social commitments
  • reasoning


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