Using Numbers to Define
For the numbers that we use to make decisions to be meaningful, they must represent something. If the transition percentages in Figure 3.3 were simply random, they wouldn’t represent anything more than their own randomness. They wouldn’t “stand for” anything. At that point, the effect of using them to guide the agent from state A to states B, C, or D would be lost in a chaotic shuffle.
To make those transitions mean something in a behavioral context, the numbers themselves need to be constructed so that they represent something meaningful in that same context. For example, ...