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Formal specification of beliefs in multi-agent systems. (English) Zbl 0937.68113
Summary: The goal of this paper is to present a logical framework for the formalization of agents’ mutual beliefs in a multi agent system. The approach is based on a combination of extensional specifications of beliefs and context-based (finite) presentation of the specifications by employing a particular class of multi context systems. The extensional specification provides a set-theoretic characterization of beliefs in terms of sets closed unser certain conditions. Its finite presentation is provided by using as constructors inference rules inside a multi context system. The resulting framework allows for capturing many relevant cases of real (not omniscient) agents, which are very common in multi-agent scenarios embedded in real world environments. In order to substantiate this claim, two multi agent scenarios are formally specified in detail in the specification framework.

MSC:
68T15 Theorem proving (deduction, resolution, etc.) (MSC2010)
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