Chapter 1

Goals and Decisions

Chapter Summary

This chapter introduces the main topics of discussion. First, we describe our focus on goals and intentions for decision making. Second, we discuss the dimension of importance in goal-based reasoning. Third, we present a process model for the task of decision making. Fourth, we provide a brief example of the VOTE program, which simulates Congressional roll call voting decisions. We conclude this chapter with an overview of the remaining chapters.

1.1 Introduction

A realistic model of decision making must account for a multitude of goals and limited resources. Many problems will not admit perfect solutions. Practical decisions often involve trade-offs. Examples of such choices include buying a car ...

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