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The implications of shared identity on indirect reciprocity

Bedewi, Wafi, Whitaker, Roger ORCID:, Colombo, Gualtiero, Allen, Stuart ORCID: and Dunham, Yarrow 2020. The implications of shared identity on indirect reciprocity. Journal of Information and Telecommunication 4 (4) , pp. 405-424. 10.1080/24751839.2020.1741858

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The ability to sustain indirect reciprocity is an example of collective intelligence. It is increasingly relevant to future technology and autonomous machines that need to function in a coalition. Indirect reciprocity involves providing benefit to others without guaranteeing a future return. The identity through which an agent presents itself to others is fundamental, as this is how the reputation of an agent is considered. In this paper, we examine the sharing of identity between agents, which is an important and frequently overlooked issue when considering indirect reciprocity. We model an agent's identity using traits, which can be shared with other agents, and offer a basis for an agent to change their identity. Through this approach, we determine how shared identity affects cooperation, and the conditions through which cooperation can be sustained. This also helps us to understand how and why behavioural strategies involving identity function are put in place, such as whitewashing. The framework offers the opportunity to assess the interplay between the sharing of traits and the cost, in terms of reduced cooperation and opportunities for shirkers to benefit.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 2475-1839
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 10 March 2020
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 00:34

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