Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science

Game-playing automaton acts like an ‘irrational’ human

July 10, 2023

By Patricia Waldron

Humans make lots of irrational decisions in predictable ways, but what if we’re all just doing our best within the limits of our abilities?

Researchers were able to simulate human behaviors with a probabilistic finite automaton – a well-known model of limited computational power. They programmed the automatons to compete against each other in a wildlife poaching game, as either a rhino poacher or a ranger trying to stop him. 

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