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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Optimism

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths

2016

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2018-01-06

A popular regret minimization search-or-exploit technique is the Upper Confidence Bound algorithm. Any with statistics backgrounds will be able to make a pretty good guess how it works, but if applied intuitively, 'it can be summed up by the principle of optimism in the face of uncertainty.' (https://jeremykun.com/2013/10/28/optimism-in-the-face-of-uncertainty-the-ucb1-algorithm/).