Factors of collective intelligence: How smart are agent collectives?

Nader Chmait, David L. Dowe, Yuan-Fang Li, David G. Green, Javier Insa-Cabrera

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    The dynamics and characteristics behind intelligent cognitive systems lie at the heart of understanding, and devising, successful solutions to a variety of multiagent problems. Despite the extant literature on collective intelligence, important questions like “how does the effectiveness of a collective compare to its isolated members?” and “are there some general rules or properties shaping the spread of intelligence across various cognitive systems and environments?” remain somewhat of a mystery. In this paper we develop the idea of collective intelligence by giving some insight into a range of factors hindering and influencing the effectiveness of interactive cognitive systems. We measure the influence of each examined factor on intelligence independently, and empirically show that collective intelligence is a function of them all simultaneously. We further investigate how the organisational structure of equally sized groups shapes their effectiveness. The outcome is fundamental to the understanding and prediction of the collective performance of multiagent systems, and for quantifying the emergence of intelligence over different environmental settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECAI 2016, 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 29 August-2 September 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands, Including, Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intellence (PAIS 2016)
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings : Part 1/Part 2
    EditorsGal A. Kaminka, Maria Fox, Paolo Bouquet, Eyke Hullemeier, Virginia Dignum, Frank Dignum, Frank van Harmelen
    Place of PublicationNetherlands
    PublisherIOS Press
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9781614996729
    ISBN (Print)9781614996712
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventEuropean Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2016 - The Hague, Netherlands
    Duration: 29 Aug 20162 Sep 2016
    Conference number: 22nd

    Publication series

    NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
    PublisherIOS Press
    ISSN (Print)0922-6389
    ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


    ConferenceEuropean Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2016
    Abbreviated titleECAI 2016
    CityThe Hague
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