Paper: Grounding Strategic Conversation: Using Negotiation Dialogues to Predict Trades in a Win-Lose Game

ACL ID D13-1035
Title Grounding Strategic Conversation: Using Negotiation Dialogues to Predict Trades in a Win-Lose Game
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2013
Authors

This paper describes a method that predicts which trades players execute during a win- lose game. Our method uses data collected from chat negotiations of the game The Set- tlers of Catan and exploits the conversation to construct dynamically a partial model of each player?s preferences. This in turn yields equilibrium trading moves via principles from game theory. We compare our method against four baselines and show that tracking how preferences evolve through the dialogue and reasoning about equilibrium moves are both crucial to success.