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Declarative representations of multiagent systems

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3 Author(s)
Singh, M.P. ; Microelectron. & Comput. Technol. Corp., Austin, TX, USA ; Huhns, M.N. ; Stephens, L.M.

This paper explores the specification and semantics of multiagent problem-solving systems, focusing on the representations that agents have of each other. It provides a declarative representation for such systems. Several procedural solutions to a well-known test-bed problem are considered, and the requirements they impose on different agents are identified. A study of these requirements yields a representational scheme based on temporal logic for specifying the acting, perceiving, communicating, and reasoning abilities of computational agents. A formal semantics is provided for this scheme. The resulting representation is highly declarative, and useful for describing systems of agents solving problems reactively

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Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 5 )