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How understanding probability helps us make better decisions

A professor of computer science discusses how to make better decisions and explains why people sometimes make seemingly reasonable yet irrational ones.

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As we make daily decisions, many people base them on initial reactions or gut feelings. However, powerful frameworks exist for making more effective decisions by analyzing available choices and their possible outcomes, says computer scientist Mehran Sahami. In this video, he explains how to make better decisions and also how to understand why people sometimes make seemingly reasonable yet irrational ones.

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