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By Itzhak Gilboa, David Schmeidler

Gilboa and Schmeidler supply a brand new paradigm for modeling determination making lower than uncertainty. Case-based choice thought means that humans make judgements by way of analogies to earlier circumstances: they have a tendency to settle on acts that played good some time past in comparable occasions, and to prevent acts that played poorly. The authors describe the overall concept and its courting to making plans, repeated selection difficulties, inductive inference, and studying. They spotlight its mathematical and philosophical foundations and examine it to anticipated application idea in addition to to rule-based systems.


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1 above. There is no canon of application that would state precisely what are the real world phenomena to which utility theory may be applied. In certain situations, such as carefully designed laboratory experiments, there is only one reasonable mapping from the formal structure to observed phenomena. But in many real life situations one has a certain degree of freedom in choosing this mapping. It is then not obvious what counts as a refutation of the theory. Thus, utility maximization may not be a theory in the Popperian sense.

If act a has resulted in case c in a desirable outcome r, namely an outcome such that u(r) > 0, having case c in memory would make act a more attractive in the new problem as well. Similarly, recalling case c in which act a has resulted in an undesirable outcome r, that is, an outcome for which u(r) < 0, would render act a less attractive in the current decision problem. In both cases, the impact that case c would have on the way act a is viewed depends on the similarity of the problem at hand to the problem in case c.

Thus, the set of conceivable cases is the set of all 34 Decision rules such triples: C ≡ P × A × R. Observe that C is not the set of cases that actually have occurred. Moreover, it will typically be impossible for all cases in C to co-occur, because different cases in C may attach a different act or a different outcome to a given decision problem. The set of cases that are known to have occurred will thus be a subset of C. The next two components of the formal model are similarity and utility functions.

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