TitleFriends No More: Norm Enforcement in Multi-Agent Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBas APerreau de, Sierra C, Schorlemmer M
EditorDurfee E.H, Yokoo M.
Conference NameProceedings of the Sixth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2007)

An agent normative society has to deal with two main con- cerns: how to define norms and how to enforce them. En- forcement becomes a complex issue as agent societies be- come more decentralized and open. We propose a new dis- tributed mechanism to enforce norms by ostracizing agents that do not abide by them. Our simulations have shown that, although complete ostracism is not always possible, the mechanism substantially reduces the number of norm violations.