[Notes] Utility AI and Fuzzy Logic

Utility AI

Overview (Utility Theory)

  • Utility theory is based on selecting the most "useful" action given a certain state.
  • Utility AI represents a utility function and selects associated actions based on the consideration with the "most optimal" utility value



  • the root of a utility AI
  • ranks the considerations based on certain rules, scored considerations become "options"


  • calculates and returns a score
  • used by the consideration


  • contains a list of appraisals and an action
  • calculates a combination score based on the appraisal scores
    • this score represents the "utility" of its associated action


  • the result of a consideration being selected



list of considerations

  • addConsideration
  • execute


  • score(context)


  • types of considerations
    • sum - adds the appraisal scores, returns sum
    • threshold - returns 0 if any appraisal does not score above threshold, returns sum
    • thresholdsum - adds the appraisal scores, returns 0 if sum is below threshold, otherwise returns sum

Fuzzy logic with Utility AI

Why fuzzy logic?

  • utility ai is by nature already less predictable than other traditional forms of game AI, including state machines and behavior trees
  • fuzzy logic encourages "exploration" of possible opportunities in a choice that may not always be the most optimal
  • using fuzzy logic is a tradeoff: it brings increased variation and deviation from strict rules, but it also involves choosing options that scored lower than the optimal, possibly evene significantly lower

Methods of introducing "fuzziness"

Simple random fuzziness

  • takes the top $N$% of ranked options as "candidates"
  • randomly selects a candidate

Possible random fuzziness

  • with an $M$% chance uses the "simple fuziness" method, otherwise select the best option

Score-aware fuzziness

  • the previous two fuzziness methods do not take into account scores at all; this could mean that when one option ranks far higher than others, one of the others that have much lower scores may be chosen
  • this fuzziness method adjusts for the difference in scores between possible option
  • by using a special probability distribution function, as the relative "x-value" of other scores increases, there is a lower probability that suboptimal alternatives will be chosen
    • options are chosen by using the inverse $N$ of that probability distribution function at a certain "x-value", and taking the option with the lowest score that is above $N$
  • this can be combined with "simple" and "possible" fuzziness to get a fuzziness method that
    • only considers high-ranking options
    • does not always choose randomly
    • is aware of the score distribution of its options