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Minding NormsMechanisms and dynamics of social order in agent societies$
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Rosaria Conte, Giulia Andrighetto, and Marco Campennl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812677.001.0001

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The Derivation of EMIL-S from EMIL-A

The Derivation of EMIL-S from EMIL-A

From Cognitive Architecture to Software Architecture

(p.118) 8 The Derivation of EMIL-S from EMIL-A
Minding Norms

Ulf Lotzmann

Michael Möhring

Klaus G. Troitzsch

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This chapter describes the process of converting the cognitive architecture of EMIL-A into a software architecture that can execute simulation models of social processes of norm emergence in different kinds of scenarios. EMIL-A describes the model of the process going on in human actors’ minds when they receive normative requests or observe other actors’ behavior, and Chapter 7 showed some first experiments with EMIL-A agents, albeit with no software architecture especially adapted to the underlying theory. The structure of this chapter is as follows: Sections 8.1 through 8.3 start with a general overview of agent-based systems and their requirements of a multi-agent simulation system, in which agents with norm-oriented behavior and norm-formation capabilities can be defined and simulated. Section 8.4 recapitulates the cognitive architecture of EMIL-A, followed in Section 8.5 by a list of correspondences between the main terms of both models. In Sections 8.6 and 8.7, the remaining differences between the EMIL-A design and the EMIL-S implementation are discussed, and it is argued that these differences are mainly technical and that EMIL-S necessarily implemented more details than EMIL-A foresaw.

Keywords:   norm emergence, simulation, software architecture, multi-agent system

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