The Problem of Thinking Too Much
Persi Diaconis (Stanford University)

September 16, 2016, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Faculty House, Columbia University

64 Morningside Dr
New York 10027
United States


Robby Finley
Columbia University
Haim Gaifman
Columbia University
Yang Liu
University of Cambridge
Rohit Parikh
City University of New York

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Abstract. We all know the problem: you sit there, turning things over, and nothing gets done.  Indeed, there are examples where “quick and dirty,” throwing away information, dominate.  My examples will be from Bayesian statistics and the mathematics of coin tossing, but I will try to survey some of the work in psychology, philosophy, and economics.  


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