Decision Making

Studio Description

David Wang

The decisions we make define our personalities, can affect our lives, and can change the world. We make hundreds of decisions a day. But, how do we actually make decisions? How do we know we've made the right decision? And, does it matter?

In this studio, students will gain a deeper understanding of how we make decisions. They will learn how information impacts our decisions and how we can represent that information in useful ways. In particular, students will learn about decision diagrams, search trees, shortest path algorithms, utility functions, optimization, and probabilities. They will use these skills to design a web-based decision aid: a website that uses databases and/or collected information to help visitors make particular decisions.