Using belief theory to formalize the agent behavior: application to the simulation of avian flu propagation

Taillandier, P, Amouroux, E, Vo, D and Olteanu-Raimond, A 2012, 'Using belief theory to formalize the agent behavior: application to the simulation of avian flu propagation', in Nirmit Desai, Alan Liu and Michael Winikoff (ed.) Proceedings of the13th International Conference, Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA 2010), Kolkata, India, 12-15 November 2010, pp. 575-587.


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Title Using belief theory to formalize the agent behavior: application to the simulation of avian flu propagation
Author(s) Taillandier, P
Amouroux, E
Vo, D
Olteanu-Raimond, A
Year 2012
Conference name PRIMA 2010
Conference location Kolkata, India
Conference dates 12-15 November 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the13th International Conference, Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA 2010)
Editor(s) Nirmit Desai, Alan Liu and Michael Winikoff
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 575
End page 587
Total pages 13
Abstract Multi-agent simulations are powerful tools to study complex systems. However, a major difficulty raised by these simulations concerns the design of the agent behavior. Indeed, when the agent behavior is lead by many conflicting criteria (needs and desires), its definition is very complex. In order to address this issue, we propose to use the belief theory to formalize the agent behavior. This formal theory allows to manage the criteria incompleteness, uncertainty and imprecision. The formalism proposed divides the decision making process in three steps: the first one consists in computing the basic belief masses of each criterion; the second one in merging these belief masses; and the last one in making a decision from the merged belief masses. An application of the approach is proposed in the context of a model dedicated to the study of the avian flu propagation.
Subjects Simulation and Modelling
Keyword(s) multi-agent simulation
agent behavior formalization
belief theory
avian flu propagation
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-642-25920-3_42
Copyright notice © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
ISBN 9783642259197
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