L. Bölöni

The Spanish Steps flower scam - agent-based modeling of a complex social interaction


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L. Bölöni. The Spanish Steps flower scam - agent-based modeling of a complex social interaction. In Proc. of 11th Int. Conf. on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2012), pp. 1345–1346, Jun 2012.

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Abstract:

We model in detail a short human interaction scenario, the Spanish Steps flower scam. The scenario involves elements of negotiated commercial transaction, deceit, clash of cultural values and manipulation of public perception. The behavior of the actors is difficult to fit into a model of utility maximizing agents (even if we allow for bounded rationality). To model the scenario, we introduce a model where agents consider vectors of values which are not directly and linearly convertible into each other. The vectors consist of a mix of concrete and culture sanctioned values, with some of the latter being evaluated from the perspective of the self, the peers as well as the general public.

BibTeX:

@inproceedings{Boloni-2012-SpanishSteps,
   title = "The {S}panish {S}teps flower scam - agent-based modeling of a complex social interaction",
   author = "L. B{\"o}l{\"o}ni",
   booktitle = "Proc. of 11th Int. Conf. on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2012)",
   year = "2012",
   month = "Jun",
   pages = "1345-1346",
   abstract = {
   We model in detail a short human interaction scenario, the Spanish
   Steps flower scam. The scenario involves elements of negotiated
   commercial transaction, deceit, clash of cultural values and
   manipulation of public perception. The behavior of the actors is
   difficult to fit into a model of utility maximizing agents (even if
   we allow for bounded rationality).
   To model the scenario, we introduce a model where agents consider
   vectors of values which are not directly and linearly convertible
   into each other. The vectors consist of a mix of concrete and culture
   sanctioned values, with some of the latter being evaluated from the
   perspective of the self, the peers as well as the general public.
   },
}

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