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The simplicity of complex agents: a Contextual Action Framework for Computational Agents
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Mind & Society, ISSN 1593-7879, E-ISSN 1860-1839, Vol. 15, no 1, 131-143 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Collective dilemmas have attracted widespread interest in several social sciences and the humanities including economics, sociology and philosophy. Since Hardin’s intuitive example of the Tragedy of the Commons, many real-world public goods dilemmas have been analysed with a wide ranging set of possible and actual solutions. The plethora of solutions to these dilemmas suggests that people make different kinds of decision in different situations. Rather than trying to find a unifying kind of reasoning to capture all situations, as the paradigm of rationality has done, this article develops a framework of agent decision-making for social simulation, that takes seriously both different kinds of decision making as well as different interpretations of situations. The Contextual Action Framework for Computational Agents allows for the modelling of complex social phenomena, like dilemma situations, with relatively simple agents by shifting complexity from an agent’s cognition to an agent’s context.

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2016. Vol. 15, no 1, 131-143 p.
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Agent-based modelling, Collective dilemmas, Context Action theory, Social ontology
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Information Systems
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Information Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131370DOI: 10.1007/s11299-015-0183-yOAI: diva2:938098
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-16 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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