AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International FLAIRS Conference

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Responding to Sneaky Agents in Multi-agent Domains
Richard S. Seymour, Gilbert L Peterson

Last modified: 2009-05-08


This paper extends the concept of trust modeling within a multi-agent environment.  Trust modeling often focuses on identifying the appropriate trust level for the other agents in the environment and then using these levels to determine how to interact with each agent.  However, this type of modeling does not account for sneaky agents who are willing to cooperate when the stakes are low and take selfish, greedy actions when the rewards rise.  Adding trust to an interactive partially observable Markov decision process (I-POMDP) allows trust levels to be continuously monitored and corrected enabling agents to make better decisions.  The addition of trust modeling increases the decision process calculations, but solves more complex trust problems that are representative of the human world.  The modified I-POMDP reward function and belief models can be used to accurately track the trust levels of agents with hidden agendas.  Testing demonstrates that agents quickly identify the hidden trust levels to mitigate the impact of a deceitful agent.


I-POMDP; Trust; Multi-agent

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