Sub-delegation and trust

Christopher Burnett, Nir Oren

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Abstract

Trust mechanisms can allow an agent to identify the most trustworthy entity to which a task should be delegated. Now this entity may further delegate the task, ultimately resulting in a delegation chain representing the sub-delegation process. Such delegation chains present a problem for current trust evaluation mechanisms, as they typically which reward or penalise a single agent rather than sharing responsibility among all members of the delegation chain. As a result, decisions made on such incorrect trust values would not be optimal, leading to degraded system performance. In this paper we investigate the effects of sub-delegation on a probabilistic trust model and propose a model of weighting trust updates based on shared responsibility. We evaluate this model in the context of a simulated multi-agent system and describe how different weighting strategies can affect probabilistic trust updates when sub-delegation is possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Pages1359-1360
Number of pages2
Volume3
ISBN (Print)0-9817381-3-3, 978-0-9817381-3-0
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • trust
  • delegation chains

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Burnett, C., & Oren, N. (2012). Sub-delegation and trust. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (Vol. 3, pp. 1359-1360). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. http://www.ifaamas.org/Proceedings/aamas2012/print/volume3.pdf