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Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

10 minutes
How lessons learned from computer algorithms can help you solve day-to-day problems.

When making a decision, it can be hard to know when to keep looking for options or when to stop looking and make a choice. This is true whether you’re looking for an apartment, spouse, or parking space. But it turns out there’s an algorithm that provides an exact answer: You should stop looking after you’ve seen 37% of the possibilities. You can use human algorithms to clean out your closet, manage your time, and make more accurate predictions about the future; this Snapshot will show you how.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want to make better decisions
  • Enjoy learning about new approaches to problem-solving
  • Are curious about how computers solve problems
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