A preference-based theory of intention

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Although there has been much work on the logical formulation of intention, only little attention has been paid on the close relationship between intentions and preferences of an agent. As a result, the previous work cannot properly treat reasoning with information about preferences. In this paper, we investigate a preference-based approach to the logic of intention. Based on an intuition that intentions are desirable choices of an agent, we define a notion of intention in terms of the preference order of an agent. The definition is a simple and intuitive one, and intentions satisfy good and interesting properties. Then we apply our logic to the intention recognition problem. Based on our preference-based definition of intention, we give several sufficient conditions on preferences of an agent under which the action-effect heuristic rule is valid. In this way, we demonstrate that our formalism can give a good basis for designing and understanding heuristics and control strategies for them in the intention recognition domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPRICAI 2000, Topics in Artificial Intelligence - 6th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings
EditorsRiichiro Mizoguchi, John Slaney
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540679251, 9783540679257
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, PRICAI 2000 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 2000 Aug 282000 Sept 1

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1886 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, PRICAI 2000
CityMelbourne, VIC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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