RAB when Gains and Losses are Possible
In Chapters 1 through 4 we introduced the concept of resource-allocation and in Chapter 5 we saw how people performed in simple resource-allocation situations. We found that participants could learn to perform simple resource-allocation tasks surprisingly well, often exceeding 90% of the optimal LP solution after a few learning trials. Our data showed that participants performed best under Certainty, worst under Uncertainty, and that performance improved with learning. One interpretation of these results, and those of previous researchers (Gingrich & Soli, 1984; Busemeyer, Swenson, & Lazarte, 1986), is that people are capable resource-allocators, with an efficiency and accuracy almost as good as the optimal LP model.
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