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Behavioral Mathematics for Game AI by Dave Mark

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Combining It All

So what is the logical, rational conclusion of all of this? At the beginning of the chapter, we suggested that the human behavior that is presented by descriptive decision theory (i.e., what people tend to do) lies somewhere between the rigid perfection of normative decision theory (i.e., what people should do) and complete randomness. Let’s review what we have explored.

  • Perfect Rationality Is Flawed: While we can admit that acting under perfect rationality leads to decisions that are “right” in a theoretical sense, they often fail to yield realistic-looking decisions.

  • Not Everyone Is Rational: The reason acting perfectly rational often does not yield good results is that we cannot expect superrationality—the perfect rationality ...

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