Can agent development affect developer's strategy?

Avshalom Elmalech, David Sarne, Noa Agmon

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Abstract

Peer Designed Agents (PDAs), computer agents developed by non-experts, is an emerging technology, widely advocated in recent literature for the purpose of replacing people in simulations and investigating human behavior. Its main premise is that strategies programmed into these agents reliably reflect, to some extent, the behavior used by their programmers in real life. In this paper we show that PDA development has an important side effect that has not been addressed to date - The process that merely attempts to capture one's strategy is also likely to affect the developer's strategy. The phenomenon is demonstrated experimentally, using several performance measures. This result has many implications concerning the appropriate design of PDA-based simulations, and the validity of using PDAs for studying individual decision making. Furthermore, we obtain that PDA development actually improved the developer's strategy according to all performance measures. Therefore, PDA development can be suggested as a means for improving people's problem solving skills.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Pages923-929
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781577356783
StatePublished - 2014
Event28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2014, 26th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, IAAI 2014 and the 5th Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence, EAAI 2014 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 27 Jul 201431 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Volume2

Conference

Conference28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2014, 26th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, IAAI 2014 and the 5th Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence, EAAI 2014
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period27/07/1431/07/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence

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