The Advisor-POMDP: A Principled Approach to Trust through Reputation in Electronic Markets

Speaker: Kevin Regan

This paper examines approaches to representing uncertainty in reputation systems for electronic markets with the aim of constructing a decision theoretic framework for collecting information about selling agents and making purchase decisions in the context of a social reputation system. A selection of approaches to representing reputation using Dempster-Shafter Theory and Bayesian probability are surveyed and a model for collecting and using reputation is developed using a Partially Observable Markov Decision Process.