Is this paper formally modeling human (ir)rational decision making worth understanding?
post by rule_and_line
I've found that I learn new topics best by struggling to understand a jargoney paper. This passed through my inbox today and on the surface it appears to hit a lot of high notes.
Since I'm not an expert, I have no idea if this has any depth to it. Hivemind thoughts?
Modeling Human Decision Making using Extended Behavior Networks, Klaus Dorer
(Note: I'm also pushing myself to post to LW instead of lurking. If this kind of post is unwelcome, I'm happy to hear that feedback.)
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comment by othercriteria ·
2014-10-24T00:36:42.064Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
Seconding a lot of calef's observations.
If the new topic you want to learn is "extended behavior networks", then maybe this is your best bet. But if you really want to learn about something like AI or ML or the design of agents that behave reasonably by the standards of some utility-like theory, then this is probably a bad choice. A quick search in Google Scholar (if you're not using this, or some equivalent, making this a step before going to the hivemind is a good idea) suggests that extended behavior networks are backwater-y. If the idea of a network of things interacting to make a decision appeals to you, maybe look into Petri nets or POMDPs. Or better yet, start with something like Russel and Norvig's AIMA to get a better view of the landscape. If the irrationality part is interesting, start with Kahneman, Slovic, and Tversky's Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases, which gives you a curated collection of jargoney papers.
comment by lmm ·
2014-10-27T19:27:56.238Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I would prefer that this kind of very specific question was a comment in an open thread rather than a top-level post. There seems to be some general push for more top-level posts, which I think is mistaken.