DTank: An environment for architectural comparisons of competitive agents

Geoffrey P. Morgan, Frank E. Ritter, William E. Stevenson, Ian N. Schenck, Mark A. Cohen

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Abstract

We introduce dTank, a competitive environment, as useful for architectural comparisons of competitive agents and comparisons of human and agent behavior. dTank, a Java-based simulation, was designed to facilitate these forms of holistic comparison of emergent behavior. We present several models built using several cognitive and agent architectures (Java, Jess, and Soar), and compare them against a novice participant. We find that our novice participant used two strategies while playing: wandering and attacking. All three agents accurately modeled the novice's wandering behavior, while the Soar agent more accurately modeled the novice's attack behavior. These results demonstrate the usefulness of dTank as a teaching and modeling tool, and as a lightweight environment for testing cognitive models and architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSimulation Interoperability Standards Organization - 14th Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2005
Pages223-230
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event14th Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2005 - Universal City, CA, United States
Duration: May 16 2005May 19 2005

Publication series

NameSimulation Interoperability Standards Organization - 14th Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2005

Other

Other14th Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2005
CountryUnited States
CityUniversal City, CA
Period5/16/055/19/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation

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