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The book Algorithms to Live By tries to do exactly this:
yboris · 2022-11-30 · Original thread
A great general one that HN folks should enjoy:

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

terrortrain · 2022-07-09 · Original thread
I guess I'm the foolish one, but I thought the title implied that the book was about algorithms you can use to make decisions, not decision making algorithms.

If the former sounds interesting, here is a similar book I read a long time ago:

rootsudo · 2021-10-26 · Original thread
Tons, the book "Algorithms to live by" go head first into this -

It can sound a bit simple at first, but the human - algo stories are terrific.

AS_of · 2021-05-10 · Original thread
As you get older, you should read fewer new books, and revisit the ones that have you the most joy. Vacation sounds like a great place for that!

Edit: why? Because you believe in the leverage algorithms can provide

There are probably a lot of single people here that would benefit from that book as well (the stopping problem)

We all "know" the algos. But reading/hearing how they can be applied and what effect they can have on your life can be enlightening.

_zhqs · 2021-01-10 · Original thread
I can also recommend "Algorithms to Live By", by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths.

Super accessible.

itsmejeff · 2018-04-06 · Original thread
The Nash equilibrium for an unlimited vacation policy is no vacation for anyone.

elorm · 2017-08-15 · Original thread
This is a bit vague, but here are some suggestions

Algorithms to live by Brian Christian

Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier by Ali Almossawi

jasode · 2016-10-08 · Original thread
>So is there an ideally sized choice set when it comes to dating—one large enough to include variety and depth, yet small enough that you can fairly weigh each prospect’s potential without tripping your brain’s overload switch? [...] Fisher puts people somewhere in the middle of that range. “Once you’ve met nine people who are vaguely in the ballpark, choose one and get to know that person better. If nothing works in that nine, go for another nine,” she says.

The article talks about simultaneous choices (choice overload). A related concept is serial choices and the "when to stop looking for The One" dilemma. That's been modeled as The Secretary Problem[1] which calculates a 37% stopping point. It also has been discussed by several authors: [2] [3] [4] [5]






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