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Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making$
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Peter Hammerstein and Jeffrey R. Stevens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018081

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018081.001.0001

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Robustness in Biological and Social Systems

Robustness in Biological and Social Systems

Chapter:
(p.129) 8 Robustness in Biological and Social Systems
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Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making
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Jessica C. Flack

Peter Hammerstein

David C. Krakauer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018081.003.0008

Defined as the invariance of system structure or function following a nontrivial perturbation to one or more important system components, robustness is a characteristic property of all adaptive systems. This chapter reviews the theory of robustness in biology, the design of experiments used to assay robustness (including the functional behavior or outputs of a system), and the adaptive response of those parts or components which are compromised by a perturbation. Emphasis is given to a rigorous logic of measurement that carefully factors apart the many causal contributions to robust function. Insights from the study of robustness in biology are applied to the social and decision-making domains, and modifications of experimental design and theory are proposed to account for challenges unique to human agents.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, decision making, robustness, action planning, decision algorithms, patch leaving, selection, social information seeking

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