On the Metaphysics of Agents (extended version)

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Author(s): Stefan J. Johansson, Paul Davidsson
Title: On the Metaphysics of Agents (extended version)
Translated title: Agenternas metafysik (utökad version)
Series: Research Report
Year: 2005
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1103-1581
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tek.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: sja@bth.se, pdv@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: As a follow-up to the heated discussion in the mid 90s on
how to define agents, we have done a study of how the concept is actually
used today. All full papers published in a recent proceedings of the
largest agent conference have been classified according to a number of
agent properties. These properties have been derived from agent definitions
found in well-known text books and publications. We analyze the
lattice of properties with respect to the classification and propose new
definitions that better match the actual use.
Summary in Swedish: Då agentområdet fortfarande lider av en viss begreppsförvirring gällande vad en agent egentligen är, så har vi genomfört en omfattande kartläggning av hur begreppet användes vid en av de senaste stora agentkonferenserna. Ett stort antal artiklar gicks igenom och dess agenter klassificerades med avseende på vilka egenskaper de uppvisade.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science\Distributed Computing
Keywords: agent definition, property lattice
Note: Published in a shorter version (2 pages) as a poster at Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) 2005, Utrecht.
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00288
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