|Title: Learning Agents for Human Complex Systems|
|Written by: Lorscheid, Iris|
|on pages: 432-437|
|Publisher: Computer Software and Applications Conference Workshops (COMPSACW), 2014 IEEE 38th International|
|Type: Conference Paper|
Abstract: Learning agents are a useful concept for agent-based simulation. The learning ability increases the autonomy of agents, which may lead them to unforeseen results on the individual (micro) and group (macro) level. Learning is even required to be successful in human complex systems, for which an adaptation to environmental changes is necessary. However, learning agents are considered as complex and not easy to understand. Therefore, they are not often applied in agent-based simulation models in the social sciences. This paper provides an overview of the learning agent concept by (1) putting learning agents in the context of the research field machine learning, (2) clarifying the basic learning agent decision process, and (3) providing a systematic overview of the learning agent properties as model guideline and communication scheme. This paper should encourage researchers in the field to apply learning agents by supporting the understanding and communication of the concept.