What do You Want to do Today? Relevant-Information Bookkeeping in Goal-Oriented Behaviour

Sander G. van Dijk, D. Polani, C.L. Nehaniv

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    We extend existing models and methods for the informational
    treatment of the perception-action loop to the case of goaloriented
    behaviour and introduce the notion of relevant goal
    information as the amount of information an agent necessarily
    has to maintain about its goal. Starting from the hypothesis
    that organisms use information economically, we study
    the structure of this information and how goal-information
    parsimony can guide behaviour. It is shown how these methods
    lead to a general definition and quantification of sub-goals
    and how the biologically motivated hypothesis of information
    parsimony gives rise to the emergence of behavioural properties
    such as least-commitment and goal-concealing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcs of Artificial Life XII
    EditorsHarold Fellermann, Mark Dorr, Martin M. Hanczyc
    PublisherMIT Press
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)0-262-29075-8, 978-0-262-29075-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventArtificial Life XII - Odense, Denmark
    Duration: 19 Aug 201023 Aug 2010


    ConferenceArtificial Life XII


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