Carnegie Mellon University

Bjorndahl conversing

November 29, 2016

Value of Research Instilled From the Start

Whether through research training courses, senior honors theses or showcases like the Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium, undergraduate students in CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences have opportunities to engage in research at every turn.

In collaboration with Assistant Professor of Philosophy Adam Bjorndahl, Ariel Rao, a logic and computation major, is creating mathematical models that reflect how people make decisions in uncertain situations. This is a deeper exploration of the multi-armed bandit problem, which takes its name from the dilemma a gambler experiences when choosing from a set of slot machines that will deliver unknown rewards.

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