Research Highlights

Competition, Voting, and Cooperation in the Argument Web

The social web continues to explode, but existing online interaction tools (e.g. blogs, forums, news and media sites) tend to discourage debate, and may even facilitate low-quality argument and thinking. We are researching how to semantically represent, structure, evaluate and relate multiple argumentative viewpoints, integrated with linked data. We introduced a general model for argumentation and voting in the social web, providing an infrastructure for more open, flexible debates. Based on evolutionary game theory, we showed how actors/users can benefit from recognizing intentions and commitments of other actors/users, leading to a stable increase in cooperation compared to extant best strategies, with results published at Nature SR, IJCAI and AAMAS.

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