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Behavioral Mathematics for Game AI by Dave Mark

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Identifying Factors

It isn’t enough to simply observe actions and reactions. We must identify those actions for what they are. We must have an explainable correlation between cause and effect. The difference is similar to the difference between hearing and listening. We hear things all around us at all times, but often we don’t actually listen to what we hear. When we actually listen to things, we separate out distinguishable sounds from the aggregate sonic disturbance in the background. The same can be said about hearing a person speak but not necessarily listening to what he is saying—a staple of marital discord. (So I’ve been told. I always listen very attentively to what my wife says!)

The point is, it is only when we separate different observations ...

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