Learning Cases To Resolve Conflicts and Improve Group Behavior

Thomas Haynes and Sandip Sen

Groups of agents following fixed behavioral rules can be limited in performance and efficiency. Adaptability and flexibility are key components of intelligent behavior which allow agent groups to improve performance in a given domain using prior problem solving experience. We motivate the usefulness of individual learning by group members in the context of overall group behavior. In particular, we propose a f~amework in which individual group members learn cases to improve their model of other group members. We use a testbed problem t~om the distributed AI literature to show that simultaneous learning by group members can lead to significant improvement in group performance and efficiency over agent groups following static behavioral rules.

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