Structured Memetic Automation for Online Human-Like Social Behavior Learning

Yifeng Zeng, Xuefeng Chen, Yew-Soon Ong, Jing Tang, Yangping Xiang

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Meme automaton is an adaptive entity that autonomously acquires an increasing level of capability and intelligence through embedded memes evolving independently or via social interactions. This paper begins a study on memetic multiagent system (MeMAS) toward human-like social agents with memetic automaton. We introduce a potentially rich meme-inspired design and operational model, with Darwin's theory of natural selection and Dawkins' notion of a meme as the principal driving forces behind interactions among agents, whereby memes form the fundamental building blocks of the agents' mind universe. To improve the efficiency and scalability of MeMAS, we propose memetic agents with structured memes in this paper. Particularly, we focus on meme selection design where the commonly used elitist strategy is further improved by assimilating the notion of like-attracts-like in the human learning. We conduct experimental study on multiple problem domains and show the performance of the proposed MeMAS on human-like social behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-115
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
Issue number1
Early online date7 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


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