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MetareasoningThinking about Thinking$
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Michael T. Cox and Anita Raja

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014809

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014809.001.0001

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Metareasoning as a Formal Computational Problem

Metareasoning as a Formal Computational Problem

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(p.119) 8 Metareasoning as a Formal Computational Problem
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Metareasoning
Author(s):

Vincent Conitzer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014809.003.0008

An agent acting in the world generally needs to spend some time and other resources on deliberation, to assess the quality of the various plans of action available to it. Determining which deliberation actions to perform is the metareasoning problem, in which the agent needs to reason about the reasoning it will perform. This chapter discusses how to formulate variants of the metareasoning problem as computational problems, and shows that these computational problems are generally hard.

Keywords:   metareasoning problem, deliberation, formal computational problems

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