7th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

On the relationship between response probability and redundancy in teams of collaborating agents

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2011.247190,
        author={Ramya Pradhan and Annie Wu},
        title={On the relationship between response probability and redundancy in teams of collaborating agents},
        proceedings={7th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={COLLABORATECOM},
        year={2012},
        month={4},
        keywords={response probability multi-agent systems robustness redundancy mathematical framework},
        doi={10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2011.247190}
    }
    
  • Ramya Pradhan
    Annie Wu
    Year: 2012
    On the relationship between response probability and redundancy in teams of collaborating agents
    COLLABORATECOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2011.247190
Ramya Pradhan1,*, Annie Wu1
  • 1: University of Central Florida
*Contact email: ramya.pradhan@knights.ucf.edu

Abstract

One of the expected benefits of multi-agent systems is their capacity for redundancy which is expected to promote system robustness. We examine the impact agents' probabilistic action has on generating redundancy in multi-agent systems with no direct inter-agent communication. We present a mathematical model of such a system, analyze the factors that influence it, and empirically examine its effects on multi-agent systems under perturbations such as removal and insertion of agents. Results indicate that agents' probabilistic action can allow a team of collaborating agents to build a pool of agents with experience and this redundant pool can promote system robustness under perturbations.