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Norm reasoning services

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>04/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Information Systems Frontiers
Issue number2
Volume16
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)201-223
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Norms are used in open Multi-Agent Systems as a formal specification of deontic statements aimed at regulating the actions of agents and the interactions among them. In this paper, we propose a set of services facilitating the development of both non-normative and normative agents for norm-governed MAS. Specifically, we propose to provide agents with norm reasoning services. These services will help agent designers/developers to programme agents that consider norm reasoning without having to implement the needed mechanisms to reason about norms by themselves. This article shows how these services perform as well as the results of the experiments that we conducted to evaluate their performance.