Reference : The role of goals in belief selection
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Engineering, computing & technology : Computer science
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/25168
The role of goals in belief selection
English
Boella, Guido [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) >]
Pereira, Célia Da Costa [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) >]
Pigozzi, Gabriella [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) >]
Tettamanzi, Andrea [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) >]
van der Torre, Leon mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) >]
2009
Logic Journal of the IGPL
Oxford University Press
Yes
International
1367-0751
1368-9894
Oxford
United Kingdom
[en] Rational agents ; qualitative decision theory ; indeterministic belief revision
[en] In this paper we consider the relation between beliefs and goals in agent theory. Beliefs play three roles in reasoning about goals: they play a role in the generation of unconditional desires from conditional ones, they play a role in adoption of desires as goals, and they play a role in the selection of plans to achieve goals. In this paper we consider the role of goals in reasoning about beliefs. Though we assume that goals do not play a role in the belief generation problem, we argue that they play a role in the belief selection problem. We show the rationality of the use of goals in belief selection, in the sense that there are cases in which agents that take their goals into account in selecting a belief set from a set of alternatives outperform agents that do not do so. We also formally distinguish between the rational role of goals in belief selection and irrational wishful thinking.
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; Others
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/25168
10.1093/jigpal/jzp038
http://jigpal.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/4/559
The original publication is available at http://jigpal.oxfordjournals.org
forthcoming (Advance Access published on September 9, 2009)

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