Murphy, Roy E (2006): Information Theory and KnowledgeGathering.

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It is assumed that human knowledgebuilding depends on a discrete sequential decisionmaking process subjected to a stochastic information transmitting environment. This environment randomly transmits Shannon type informationpackets to the decisionmaker, who examines each of them for relevancy and then determines his optimal choices. Using this set of relevant informationpackets, the decisionmaker adapts, over time, to the stochastic nature of his environment, and optimizes the subjective expected rateofgrowth of knowledge. The decisionmaker’s optimal actions, lead to a decision function that involves his view of the subjective entropy of the environmental process and other important parameters at each stage of the process. Using this model of human behavior, one could create psychometric experiments using computer simulation and real decisionmakers, to play programmed games to measure the resulting human performance.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  Information Theory and KnowledgeGathering 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  decisionmaking; dynamic programming; entropy; epistemology; information theory; knowledge; sequential processes; subjective probability 
Subjects:  C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6  Mathematical Methods ; Programming Models ; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C61  Optimization Techniques ; Programming Models ; Dynamic Analysis 
Item ID:  16 
Depositing User:  Roy E Murphy 
Date Deposited:  23. Sep 2006 
Last Modified:  04. Mar 2015 16:55 
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