Deceptive agents and language

Mark Dras, Debbie Richards, Meredith Taylor, Mary Gardiner

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The use of virtual agents in training requires them to have several human-like characteristics; one of these is the ability to appear deceptive. We take work from the psychology literature on cues to deception, with a focus on language-related cues, and examine whether it is possible to use resources from the field of Language Technology to construct scenarios with agents showing cues to deception detectable by human judges, a task that has been shown in a text-only context to be difficult. We show that this detection is in fact possible in the context of virtual agents, and that there are interesting results for individual cues, in particular for dialogue- versus lexical-level cues, and a 'placebo' effect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAMAS 2010
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Place of PublicationRichland, SC
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780982657119
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Conference on Autonomous Agents and Systems (9th : 2010) - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 10 May 201014 May 2010


ConferenceInternational Conference on Autonomous Agents and Systems (9th : 2010)
CityToronto, Canada

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