Signaling games with partially observable actions as a model of conversational grounding

William Karl Thompson*, Stefan Kaufmann

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We present a game-theoretic model that formalizes core ideas of conversational grounding theory. This game-theoretic model is based on the concept of signaling games, originally proposed as a model of linguistic convention. We extend signaling games with an observation model, which allows for the possibility that the actions a dialog participant takes may only be partially observable to others. We then apply this model to the domain of referential communication tasks, a type of task commonly used in psycholinguistic experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInteractive Decision Theory and Game Theory - Papers from the 2010 AAAI Workshop, Technical Report
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2010 AAAI Workshop - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jul 12 2010Jul 12 2010


Other2010 AAAI Workshop
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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