A Bayesian Approach to Norm Identification

Stephen Cranefield, Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu, Felipe Meneguzzi, Nir Oren

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When entering a system, an agent should be aware of the obligations and prohibitions (collectively norms) that will affect it. Several solutions to this norm identification problem have been proposed, which make use of observations of
either other’s norm compliant, or norm violating, behaviour. These solutions fail in situations where norms are typically violated, or complied with, respectively. In this paper we propose a Bayesian approach to norm identification which
operates by learning from both norm compliant and norm violating behaviour.

By utilising both types of behaviour,our work not only overcomes a major limitation of existing approaches, but also yields improved performance over the
state-of-the-art. We evaluate its effectiveness empirically, showing, under certain conditions, high accuracy scores.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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