TítuloSocial Instruments for Convention Emergence
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsVillatoro D, Sen S, Sabater-Mir J.
EditorSonenberg L, Stone P, Tumer K, Yolum P
Conference Name10th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2011)
Conference LocationTaipei. Taiwan
ISBN Number978-0-9826571-5-7

In this paper we present the notion of Social Instruments as a set of mechanisms that facilitate the emergence of norms from repeated interactions between members of a society. Specifically, we focus on two social instruments: rewiring and observation. Our main goal is to provide agents with tools that allow them to leverage their social network of interactions when effectively addressing coordination and learning problems, paying special attention to dissolving meta\-stable subconventions. Finally, we present a more sophisticated social instrument (observation + rewiring) for robust resolution of \emph{subconventions}, which works dissolving Self-Reinforcing Substructures (SRS) in the social network.