Interest-based preference reasoning

Wietske Visser*, Koen V. Hindriks, Catholijn M. Jonker

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In the context of practical reasoning, such as decision making and negotiation, it is necessary to model preferences over possible outcomes. Such preferences usually depend on multiple criteria. We argue that the criteria by which outcomes are evaluated should be the satisfaction of a person's underlying interests: the more an outcome satisfies his interests, the more preferred it is. Underlying interests can explain and eliminate conditional preferences. Also, modelling interests will create a better model of human preferences, and can lead to better, more creative deals in negotiation. We present an argumentation framework for reasoning about interest-based preferences. We take a qualitative approach and provide the means to derive both ceteris paribus and lexicographic preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICAART 2011 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2011 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 28 Jan 201130 Jan 2011


Conference3rd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2011


  • Argumentation
  • Qualitative preferences
  • Underlying interests


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