Decision Theory

05 Jun 2016 20:37

By which I mean the various mathematical theories of optimal decison-making; a division of both statistics and economics. This is a fairly distinct topic from actual human decision-making, since people do not seem to conform very well to any of the theoretical ideals. This sometimes leads to much wailing and gnashing of teeth over our irrationality; if anything, however, it leads me to doubt that these theories are good formalizations of rationality. Nonetheless, they're mathematically interesting, and they do have certain very nice properties in the situations where you can actually get them to work.

See also: Sequential Decision Making Under Stochastic Uncertainty