We Ought To; They Do; Blame the Management! A conceptualisation of group norms

Huib Aldewereld*, Virginia Dignum, Wamberto Vasconcelos

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Abstract

Norms are used to represent desirable behaviours that software agents should exhibit in sophisticated multi-agent solutions. Although we now enjoy a body of research on norms, research has, so far, largely ignored a formal treatment of norms aimed at groups of individuals. Depending on the interpretation, group norms may be intended to effect all, each or some members of the group, sometimes requiring coordination among the members of the group to ensure norm-compliance. In this paper, we map out the various groups which might be involved, and use these groups to sketch a taxonomy of group norms. We also propose a formal representation of group norms using simple set expressions, and provide its semantics. To do so, we introduce a simple notion of power and formally represent the various cases of group norms of our taxonomy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems IX
Subtitle of host publicationCOIN 2013 International Workshops, COIN@AAMAS, St. Paul, MN, USA, May 6, 2013, COIN@PRIMA, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 3, 2013, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsT. Balke, F. Dignum, M. B. van Riemsdijk, A. K. Chopra
PublisherSpringer
Pages195-210
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319073149
ISBN (Print)9783319073132
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event9th International Workshops on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems, COIN 2013, Co-located with AAMAS 2013 and PRIMA 2013 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 3 Dec 20133 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer
Volume8386 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference9th International Workshops on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems, COIN 2013, Co-located with AAMAS 2013 and PRIMA 2013
CountryNew Zealand
CityDunedin
Period3/12/133/12/13

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