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

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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


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.

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