Novarese, Marco and Lanteri, Alessandro and Tibaldeschi, Cesare (2010): Learning, Generalization and the Perception of Information: an Experimental Study. Published in: New Essays in Logic and Philosophy of Science, edited by Marcello D'Agostino, Giulio Giorello, Federico Laudisa, Telmo Pievani and Corrado Sinigaglia, College Publications, London (2010)
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This article experimentally explores the way in which human agents learn how to process and manage new information. In an abstract setting, players should perform an everyday task: selecting information, making generalizations, distinguishing contexts. The tendency to generalize is common to all participants, but in a different way. Best players have a stringer tendency to generalise rules. A high score is, in fact, associated with low entropy for mistakes, that is with a tendency to repeat the same mistakes over and over. Though the repetition of mistakes might be considered a failure to properly employ feedback or a bias, it may instead turn out as a viable and successful procedure. This result is connected to the literature on learning.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Learning, Generalization and the Perception of Information: an Experimental Study|
|Keywords:||behavioural entropy, cognitive economics, complexity, experiments, feedback, heuristics, learning|
|Subjects:||A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A12 - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
|Depositing User:||Marco Novarese|
|Date Deposited:||14. Jan 2011 01:46|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 19:31|
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