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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 and Bounded Rationality

Metareasoning and Bounded Rationality

(p.27) 3 Metareasoning and Bounded Rationality

Shlomo Zilberstein

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the relationship between computational models of rational behavior and metareasoning. It examines several approaches to bounded rationality, dividing them into four broad classes: heuristic search, approximate modeling, optimal metareasoning, and bounded optimality. The approach based on optimal metareasoning seems particularly attractive because it is both relatively easy to implement and provides some formal guarantees about the behavior of the agent. The chapter considers several instantiations of this approach using anytime algorithms and provides a characterization of the relationship between the object-level and metareasoning components. These examples show that metareasoning plays an important role in this particular approach to bounded rationality.

Keywords:   rational behavior, bounded rationality, heuristic search, approximate modeling, optimal metareasoning, bounded optimality

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