Incentive to Work: Deriving Cooperation Among Self-Interested Agents (Preliminary Report)

Eithan Ephrati, Motty Perry, Jeffrey S. Rosenschein

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In this paper we analyse a particular model of control among intelligent agents, that of non-absolute control. Non-absolute control involves a "supervisor"agent that issues orders to a group of "subordinate"agents. An example might be an Internet user who issues a query to a group of software agents on remote hosts, or a human agent on Earth directing the activities of Mars-based semi-autonomous vehicles. The members of the subordinate group are assumed to be self-motivated, and individually rational (i.e., they are basically willing to carry out the supervisor's request if properly compensated). This assumption gives rise to the need for a reward policy that would motivate each agent to contribute to the group activity. In this paper we introduce such a policy under certain simplifying assumptions.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1994
Event1994 AAAI Spring Symposium - Palo Alto, United States
Duration: 21 Mar 199423 Mar 1994


Conference1994 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto

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