The Influence of Memory in Multi-Agent Consensus

Authors

  • David Kohan Marzagão King's College London
  • Luciana Basualdo Bonatto University of Oxford
  • Tiago Madeira University of São Paulo
  • Marcelo Matheus Gauy University of São Paulo
  • Peter McBurney King's College London

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Coordination and Collaboration

Abstract

Multi-agent consensus problems can often be seen as a sequence of autonomous and independent local choices between a finite set of decision options, with each local choice undertaken simultaneously, and with a shared goal of achieving a global consensus state. Being able to estimate probabilities for the different outcomes and to predict how long it takes for a consensus to be formed, if ever, are core issues for such protocols. Little attention has been given to protocols in which agents can remember past or outdated states. In this paper, we propose a framework to study what we call `memory consensus protocol'. We show that the employment of memory allows such processes to always converge, as well as, in some scenarios, such as cycles, converge faster. We provide a theoretical analysis of the probability of each option eventually winning such processes based on the initial opinions expressed by agents. Further, we perform experiments to investigate network topologies in which agents benefit from memory on the expected time needed for consensus.

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Published

2021-05-18

How to Cite

Kohan Marzagão, D., Basualdo Bonatto, L., Madeira, T., Matheus Gauy, M., & McBurney, P. (2021). The Influence of Memory in Multi-Agent Consensus. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 35(13), 11254-11262. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/AAAI/article/view/17342

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AAAI Technical Track on Multiagent Systems