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FIPA Query Ref Communicative Act Specification

 

Document title

FIPA Query Ref Communicative Act Specification

Document number

DC00054B

Document source

FIPA TC C

Document status

Deprecated

Date of this status

2001/08/10

Supersedes

None

Contact

fab@fipa.org

Change history

2000/10/16

Deprecated by FIPA00037

2001/08/10

Line numbering added

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents - http://www.fipa.org/

Geneva, Switzerland

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Contents

1 Scope. 3

2 Query Ref3

3 References. 3


1         Scope

This document specifies the Query Ref communicative act that is compliant to [FIPA00037] requirements.

 


2         Query Ref

Summary

The action of asking another agent for the object referred to by an referential expression.

Content

A descriptor (a referential expression).

Description

Query-ref is the act of asking another agent to inform the requestor of the object identified by a descriptor. The sending agent is requesting the receiver to perform an inform act (see [FIPA00046]), containing the object that corresponds to the descriptor.

 

The agent performing the query-ref act:

 

         does not know which object or set of objects corresponds to the descriptor, and,

 

         believes that the other agent does know which object or set of objects corresponds to the descriptor.

Formal Model

<i, query-ref(j, Ref x d(x))

<i, request(j, <j, inform-ref(i, Ref x d(x))>)>

FP: Brefi(Ref x d(x))Urefi(Ref x d(x))

Bi Ij Done(<j, inform-ref(i, Ref x d(x))>)

RE: Done(<i, Inform(j, Ref x d(x) = r1)>|...|

<i, Inform(j, Ref x d(x) = rk)>)

 

Note: Ref xd(x) is one of the referential expressions: ix d(x), any x d(x) or all x d(x).

Example

Agent i asks agent j for its available services:

 

(query-ref

:sender i

:receiver j

:content

(all ?x

(available-services j ?x))

)

 

j replies that it can reserve trains, planes and automobiles:

 

(inform

:sender j

:receiver i

:content

(=

(all ?x

(available-services j ?x))

(set (reserve-ticket train)

(reserve-ticket plane)

(reserve automobile)))

)


3         References

[FIPA00037] FIPA Communicative Act Library Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000. http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00037/

[FIPA00046] FIPA Inform Communicative Act Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000. http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00046/