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To choose between moves in chess, products in the supermarket, or whether to try out a new restaurant, an agent has to look ahead. Stochasticity in the outcomes of actions and the size of the decision tree can make such decisions difficult.

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Date 13 January 2016
Time 16:00 - 18:00

Watch the recorded lecture (13 Jan 2016)

I will examine three strategies that people might be using to overcome these difficulties:

1) reducing risk through accumulation of evidence over time;

2) heuristic (suboptimal) evaluations of states;

3) smart pruning of the decision tree. I will present behavioral tests of these strategies in a free-choice task between consumer goods, an exploration/exploitation task with "safe returns", and a board game.

Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw M
Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw M

Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam