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Bootstrapping communication in language games

Baronchelli, A., Dall'Asta, L., Barrat, A. & Loreto, V. (2006). Bootstrapping communication in language games. In: The Evolution of Language, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference (EVOLANG6). 6th International Conference (EVOLANG6), 12-15 April 2006, Rome, Italy.


Semiotic dynamics is a fast growing field according to which language can be seen as an evolving and self-organizing system. In this paper we present a simple multi-agent framework able to account for the emergence of shared conventions in a population. Agents perform pairwise games and final consensus is reached without any outside control nor any global knowledge of the system. In particular we discuss how embedding the population in a non trivial interaction topology affects the behavior of the system and forces to carefully consider agents selection strategies. These results cast an interesting framework to address and study more complex issues in semiotic dynamics.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in final form: Bootstrapping communication in language games, Baronchelli, A, Dall'Asta, L, Barrat, A & Loreto, V. Copyright 2006 with permission from World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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