The book is a joint effort of the top researchers from different disciplines to identify sources of imperfection and ways how to decrease discrepancies between the prescriptive theory and real-life DM. The contributions consider:
· how a crowd of imperfect decision makers outperforms experts' decisions;
· how to decrease decision makers' imperfection by reducing knowledge available;
· how to decrease imperfection via automated elicitation of DM preferences;
· a human's limited willingness to master the available decision-support tools as an additional source of imperfection;
· how the decision maker's emotional state influences the rationality; a DM support of edutainment robot based on its system of values and respecting emotions.
The book will appeal to anyone interested in the challenging topic of DM theory and its applications.
The chapters are written by leading experts from different disciplines, all considering the many sources of imperfection in decision making, and always with an eye to decreasing the myriad discrepancies between theory and real world human decision making.
Topics addressed include uncertainty, deliberation cost and the complexity arising from the inherent large computational scale of decision making in these systems.
In particular, analyses and experiments are presented which concern:
• task allocation to maximize “the wisdom of the crowd”;
• design of a society of “edutainment” robots who account for one anothers’ emotional states;
• recognizing and counteracting seemingly non-rational human decision making;
• coping with extreme scale when learning causality in networks;
• efficiently incorporating expert knowledge in personalized medicine;
• the effects of personality on risky decision making.
The volume is a valuable source for researchers, graduate students and practitioners in machine learning, stochastic control, robotics, and economics, among other fields.
Judith Lennox's A Step in the Dark is a powerful family drama set in India and Scotland that spans from 1915 to the 1960s. Perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley and Kate Morton.
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It's 1915 when young Bess Ravenhart, recently widowed, leaves her baby son Frazer with her mother-in-law, Cora, while she sails from India to Britain to set up a home. But Cora has no intention of returning Frazer to his mother's care. Though Bess makes a new life in Edinburgh and knows the joy - and pain - of motherhood with further children, her heart always aches for the little boy she left behind. When Frazer travels to Scotland twenty years later, it seems Bess's dreams of a reconciliation will come true. But Frazer trails danger in his wake, and it's possible that not only he but also Bess and her whole family will live to rue the day of his return...
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Like the one o'clock chop—the strong breeze that blows across the Long Island Sound—Matt's summer proves to be as inevitable as a force of nature. Told with pitch-perfect angst and realism, Ralph Fletcher tells a gripping story of a teenager's life-altering summer.
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How do you establish and maintain a strong long-termrelationship between your brand and your consumers? Successfulbrand managers know that it is all about trust and keeping theconsumers engaged.
The success of recent "green" campaigns as a means of connectingwith, satisfying, and attracting new consumers is just the tip ofthe iceberg. As the international playing field continues to beleveled, in order to sustain and expand their success, brand ownersmust interact with their customers more than ever before, forgingnew and stronger links, and increasing their stock of socialcapital.
At last, there is a book that addresses the growing significanceof social capital in the business world. Brand Valuedexplores how as the strength, depth, and quality of interactionsbetween a brand and its customers improve, increased opportunitiesto demonstrate trustworthiness arise. This in turn creates aself-fulfilling cycle, wherein trust begets social capital, whichbegets more trust—and even shared thinking—not tomention better sales.
Brand Valued will receive the full support of Havas, thefifth largest global communication and marketing services group inthe world.
In easy to understand terms, and using concrete examples,Brand Valued provides:The tools necessary to stimulate dialogue—and new ways ofthinking—between a brand and its intended audienceMethods for extending brand messaging to wider audiencesIdeas on how to make brands the engines of social capital,getting rid of unsustainable practices to foster more sustainablepatterns of consumer behaviourSuggestions for the development of a new brand strategy thatreduces costs through innovative and lasting solutions toproblemsUnpublished data on the role of consumer trust in new productsbased on research carried out by the Havas Group across over 150brands in nine different marketsA wiki component to the book in an accompanying website.
Designed to forge stronger channels of dialogue andcommunication with customers and consumers, the book is a must-readfor anyone committed to keeping their brand relevant in thetwenty-first century.
Through fourteen books, fans have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. We know of the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one remained a blip on the screen until now.
The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. Last week he bought a stack. They had stuff in them--Kinsey stuff. For thirty bucks, he'll sell her the lot. Kinsey's never been one for personal possessions, but curiosity wins out and she hands over a twenty (she may be curious but she loves a bargain). What she finds amid childhood memorabilia is an old undelivered letter.
It will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of that first marriage, about the honor of that first husband, about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril."O" Is for Outlaw: Kinsey's fifteenth adventure into the dark side of human nature.
"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw
"P" Is for Peril
"Q" Is for Quarry
"R" Is for Ricochet
"S" Is for Silence
"T" Is for Trespass
"U" Is for Undertow
"V" Is for Vengeance
"W" Is for Wasted
Master of the complex sale, Rick Page is the author of the bestselling book, Hope Is Not a Strategy, and one of the most sought-after sales consultants and trainers in the world.
He has taught his breakthrough selling strategies to thousands of people in 150 companies across 50 countries--an amazing platform that has helped his message spread like wildfire. This paperback edition of Page's runaway sales bestseller schools readers in Page's simple, six-step process for making the sale--no matter how complex the deal or how many people are involved in the buying decision.
Integrating the winning selling strategies used by the world's top salespeople, Page shows readers how to:Identify and sell to a prospect's business "pain" Qualify a prospect Build competitive preference Define a prospect's decision-making process
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“It’s never the disasters you see coming that finally come to pass—it’s the ones you don’t expect at all,” says Julia, in this spellbinding novel of catastrophe and survival by a superb new writer. Luminous, suspenseful, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles tells the haunting and beautiful story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in a time of extraordinary change.
On an ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer; gravity is affected; the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world that seems filled with danger and loss, Julia also must face surprising developments in herself, and in her personal world—divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by her friends, the pain and vulnerability of first love, a growing sense of isolation, and a surprising, rebellious new strength. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking portrait of people finding ways to go on in an ever-evolving world.
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Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!