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Signaling Games with Partially Observable Actions as a Model of Conversational Grounding
Will Thompson, Stefan Kaufmann

Last modified: 2010-07-07


We present a game-theoretic model that formalizes core ideas of conversational grounding theory. This game-theoretic model is based on the concept of signaling games, originally proposed as a model of linguistic convention. We extend signaling games with an observation model, which allows for the possibility that the actions a dialog participant takes may only be partially observable to others. We then apply this model to the domain of referential communication tasks, a type of task commonly used in psycholinguistic experiments.


game theory; signaling games; imperfect information; conversational grounding

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