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Behavioral Mathematics for Game AI by Dave Mark

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Embracing Randomness

Individual people make decisions based on a massive collection of information—only some of which is the current environment. The adage goes that “we are the sum of our life experiences.” Those experiences were, themselves, information at one time. Now, however, they have taken on a different role in our lives. What were events at the time have become memories. Experiences have shaped beliefs. Traumas have begotten fears. Pleasures have nurtured cravings and desires. Put into mathematical terms, those life experiences of the past are now the formulas, equations, and algorithms through which we pass the inputs of the current environment.

The problem is, even if we were to analyze our own life in great detail, we would be hard-pressed ...

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