Go home now Header Background Image
Submission Procedure
share: |
Follow us
Volume 15 / Issue 13

available in:   PDF (809 kB) PS (2 MB)
Similar Docs BibTeX   Write a comment
Links into Future
DOI:   10.3217/jucs-015-13-2676


Analyzing Cooperation in Iterative Social Network Design

Guido Boella (University of Turin, Italy)

Leendert van der Torre (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)

Serena Villata (University of Turin, Italy)

Abstract: We introduce an approach to iteratively design `small' social networks used in software engineering together with methods analyzing the cooperation in the system. The degree of cooperation is measured by the emergence of coalitions and their stability over time. At the most abstract level, which we call the coalition view, coalitions are abstract entities that may dominate or attack other coalitions. During iterative design, these abstract entities are refined with agents and their dependencies constituting the coalitions (dependence view), the powers of sets of agents to see to goals (power view) and finally the beliefs, plans, tasks and goals of agents (agent view). The analysis methods predict the emergence of coalitions based on reciprocity and argumentation theory.

Keywords: argumentation, coalitions, dependence networks, multiagent systems

Categories: I.2.11, I.6.5