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Debugging agent programs with "why?" Questions

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posted on 02.09.2020 by Michael Winikoff
© Copyright 2017, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (www.ifaamas.org). All Rights Reserved. Debugging is hard, and debugging cognitive agent programs is particularly hard, since they involve concurrency, a dynamic environment, and a complex execution model that includes failure handling. Previous work by Ko & Myers has demonstrated that providing Alice and Java programmers with software that can answer "why?" and "why not?" questions can make a dramatic difference to debugging performance. This paper considers how to adapt this approach to cognitive agent programs, specifically AgentSpeak. It develops and formalises definitions for "why?" and "why not?" questions and associated answers, and illustrates their application using a scenario.

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Winikoff, M. (2017, January). Debugging agent programs with "why?" Questions. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS (1 pp. 251-259). http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000461168100034&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=fce46881ccd595a90ef171eda32e42ef

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS

Volume

1

Publication or Presentation Year

01/01/2017

Pagination

251-259

Publication status

Published

ISSN

1548-8403

eISSN

1558-2914

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