Goal Inference as Inverse Planning

TitleGoal Inference as Inverse Planning
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBaker, C. L., Tenenbaum J. B., & Saxe R.
JournalProceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Pagination779 - 784
Date Published10/2007

Infants and adults are adept at inferring agents’ goals from incomplete or ambiguous sequences of behavior. We propose a framework for goal inference based on inverse planning, in which observers invert a probabilistic generative model of goal-dependent plans to infer agents’ goals. The inverse planning framework encompasses many specific models and representations; we present several specific models and test them in two behavioral experiments on online and retrospective goal inference.