PDF or EBOOK (Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions) ✓ Brian Christian


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  • Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • Brian Christian
  • English
  • 05 April 2019
  • 9781627790369

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Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions Read & Download Ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Brian Christian Brian Christian á 8 Read A fascinating exploration of how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives helping to solve common decision making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mindAll our lives are constrained by limited space and time limits that give rise to a particular set of problems What should we do or leave undone in a day or a lifetime How much messiness should we accept What balance of new act. I was captivated by much of this book It s the perfect antidote to the argument you often hear from young maths students What s the point I ll never use this in real life This often comes up with algebra which often is useful but reflects the way that we rarely cover the most applicable bits of maths to everyday life at high school Although this book is subtitled the computer science of human decisions it s really about the maths of human decision making which is often supported by computers I suspect the computer science label is to make it sexy than boring old mathematicsIf there is any danger that the M word would turn you off the book tends to skip over the mathematical workings concentrating on the outcomes and how they re relevant to the kind of decisions we make in everyday life and it s that application side that makes it particularly interesting helped by a good readable style from the co authors So for instance one of the earliest areas covered is the kind of decision where you are selecting between a number of options that arrive seuentially and where you have to make a decision on which is best for you part way through the seuence even though there may be better options in the future The classic examples for this are some kinds of job interviews house buying and finding a partner for lifeIt might seem there can be no sensible advice but mathematically it s very clear You wait until you ve got through 37% of the choices then pick the next one that s better than any you ve seen before It s not that this will necessarily deliver your best of all possible worlds More often than not it won t But it will give you a better result than any other mechanism for deciding when to go for a particular option Of course it s not always easy to apply For example unless it s something like an interview with closed applications how do you know when you are 37% of the way through the available options Luckily the authors point out that there are approximations to get around this which include that the approach can also apply to the amount of time available for the processAnd that s just the start Along the way you will discover the best way to sort the books on your shelves into alphabetic order something I confess I did last year using a sub optimal mechanism how to balance exploration for example trying out new restaurants with exploitation for example returning to tried and tested restaurants how the concept of caching can revolutionise your filing system and make that pile of papers on your desk that everyone mocks the sensible approach why Bayes theorem is so important and much I absolutely revelled in this bookThe content only fades a bit when the applications aren t about real world decisions So for instance there s some material about how the internet works that is very interesting if you like that kind of thing I do but hasn t got the same feeling of personal utility to it so lacks some of the bite of the other chapters This is even obvious in the section on randomness I would also have liked to see acknowledgement that most of the content was really from the area of study called operational operations in the US research a discipline that happens to make use of computers rather than true computer science but that s a specialist moanRealistically speaking I don t think much of the content of this book will truly change how any of us do things Interestingly the authors reveal than an expert in the field pretty much consciously ignored the mathematical approach in a particular case opting for of a feels right choice But that doesn t stop the whole business whether it s the relative simplicity of the 37% rule or the mind twisting possibilities of game theory from being both potentially practical and highly enjoyable as presented here Recommended Wanted by the Warrior of how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to Insatiable our everyday lives helping to solve common decision making problems and illuminate the workings Unbreakable Highlands Forever #1 of the human mindAll Hot Target our lives are constrained by limited space and time limits that give rise to a particular set Freedom's Price Bartlett Brothers #2 of problems What should we do Imagine What Is Possible or leave undone in a day No Man's Nightingale or a lifetime How much messiness should we accept What balance Seduction Devils Den #2 of new act. 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Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions Read & Download Ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Brian Christian Brian Christian á 8 Read Ivities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling These may seem like uniuely human uandaries but they are not computers too face the same constraints so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such issues for decades And the solutions they've found have much to teach usIn a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the algo. Even though I m a computer programmer I have to say when I saw the title I was a bit put off Algorithms are what I use for telling a computer what to do but I m not sure I feel comfortable with using them to tell myself what to do Real life is less tidy and binary than the data in a computerBut perhaps out of train wreck curiousity I picked it up and took a look The first thing I noticed is that Alison Gopnik gave it a dust jacket endorsement Ok you have my full attention nowOnce I started reading I understood a bit better what the authors were getting at A lot of what ought to be called philosophy is nowadays most often carefully looked at by computer scientists uestions like1 how do you balance finding new vs getting satisfaction from what you already know is good enough Should I eat at my favourite restaurant or give a new one a try Should I move to a new city or stay where I know where the best bookstorecoffeeshopbarrestaurants are Should I try out a new career or employer or stay with the job I ve got2 how do you balance keeping things orderly and keeping them handy3 how do I balance the risk of missing out on some important news vs the problem of spending my life endlessly checking email and texts4 how do I balance the risk of not thinking deeply enough about something vs the risk of overthinking something that is actually simpleWe have spent over half a century looking at these uestions in detail in order to make computer programs work efficiently when they sort analyse or store and retrieve data Our lives are rarely so tidy and binary as a computer s data but all of these uestions are highly relevant to uestions we face in our own messy analogue livesThis isn t I think a reason to decide that you should spend 37% of your expected adult lives dating and then propose to the next person you date who is better than anyone you ve dated so far as one information theory algorithm might suggest But there are a lot of situations in life where we have to choose between deciding how picky to be vs it s time to make our pick For example the amount of time to look for a house or a parking spot or a new job are places where I think it s ok to use a bit of algorithmic logic instead of just going with your gut impulse which is a lot easier for people to sway with savvy salesmanshipFor me though likely than that I will actually use the uicksort algorithm for my socks see chapter 3 is that I will think clearly about the issues involved when I do have a large sorting project to do Just reading about the tradeoffs involved helps to think clearly about them In sorting what are the chances you are ever going to need to search through the stuff you re sorting anyway If there s a good chance you won t just do a rough bucket sort and call it done In searching are you needing the best chance of getting the absolute best or the best chance of getting something above average If you pass on an opportunity and then go back what is the chance that opportunity will still be there in the crowded parking lot not much in job search depends on the labour marketThe fun thing about this kind of book is that it is not about any particular topic per se it is about all topics and none It is a book for thinking about thinking and thinking about better ways to think It is fun in the same way that solving puzzles or playing games is fun it s not that the puzzle or game is important in itself it s that it s fun to feel your brain working effectively on a hard task which is why the puzzle or game can t be too easy or it won t be fun Reading this book is an opportunity to think well about a lot of topics from your everyday life and who knows it may make you think slightly better about them after you re done I probably won t really live by these algorithms but it is fun to live with them ie having them available when I feel like it and this book is a pain free and enjoyable way to get introduced

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Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions Read & Download Ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Brian Christian Brian Christian á 8 Read Rithms used by computers can also untangle very human uestions They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot from organizing one's inbox to understanding the workings of memory Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living. An engaging conceptual tour of computationalnetworking concepts how they apply in the computer world and how we can use them to reframe streamline and manage a diverse array of real life problems both silly and serious As a reader who knows little about computer science but loves learning new frameworks drawing analogies between disparate fields and finding metaphors for life everywhere I thoroughly enjoyed this Some of my favorite principlesconcepts 37% rule of optimal stopping when to stop scouting prospects and just commit exploreexploit tradeoff chance of finding a new gem vs certainty of enjoying a known fave LRU last recently used sorting as an efficient prophylactic for searching layered caches as metaphor for human memory brain fart as cache miss overfitting when interpreting data prefer simple accuracy to complex precision constraint relaxation as a techniue to address knotty problems buffer bloat when backlog is bad best to reject all incoming reuests until it clears exponential back off when head butts recur double your wait time before trying again computational kindness by reducing the options on the table we do people s brains a favor


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    Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions PDF or EBOOK (Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions) ✓ Brian Christian Brian Christian á 8 Read I enjoy thinking about algorithms as they are applied to technical problems So when I saw this book I thought This is a book written just for m

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    Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions Brian Christian á 8 Read Read & Download Ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Brian Christian Okay I loved this book So what is it about?The big pictureWe encounter many problems in our daily life for instance should I park my car here or proceed with the hope of finding a free spot a bit further? Should I try new restaurants or just stick to good old ones I know? How can I find my life's purpose? What

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    Brian Christian á 8 Read PDF or EBOOK (Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions) ✓ Brian Christian Even though I'm a computer programmer I have to say when I saw the title I was a bit put off Algorithms are what I use for telling a computer what to do but I'm not sure I feel comfortable with using them to tell myself what to do Real life is

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    Brian Christian á 8 Read Read & Download Ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Brian Christian Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions I really enjoyed this book It's a nice popular review of research in a style similar to Malcolm Gladwell It was fascinating to see the wide reaching applications of classic algorithms from computer science and also humbling to see how many problems are essentially impossible to truly optimize However as luck would have it there are

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    Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions PDF or EBOOK (Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions) ✓ Brian Christian Brian Christian á 8 Read An engaging conceptual tour of computationalnetworking concepts how they apply in the computer world and how we can use them to reframe streamline and manage a diverse array of real life problems both silly and serious As a reader who knows l

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    Read & Download Ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Brian Christian PDF or EBOOK (Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions) ✓ Brian Christian In this book the authors explain famous algorithms in real world context My notes from this book 1 Optimal Stopping2 Old people don't lose memory they have so much of it that it slows their system3 Procrastination can be seen as an e

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    Read Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions PDF or EBOOK (Algorithms to Live By The Computer Science of Human Decisions) ✓ Brian Christian Read & Download Ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF á Brian Christian So many great one liners in this bookStop on Tinder at 37%Use thick markers in brainstormingAll things being eual it'll last as long as it's lastedBut lest you think this is another fluffy brain book it's actually hard computer programming with the occasional laugh out loud line The team behind it are serious academics who have thought deeply about how computers think and how we can use those algorithms to make our liv

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