On 1/18/2014 10:03 PM, Russell Standish wrote:
On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 07:19:37AM -0800, Edgar L. Owen wrote:
Russell,

Yes, I'm familiar with that and just posted a journal reference to it. But
it's an incorrect understanding. What is really important here is RATIONAL
UNpredictability, not IRrationality.

This is just rationally outsmarting your competitor by figuring out what he
thinks you are going to do and doing otherwise. This is a rational, not an
irrational, decision making process. It's exhibiting superior intelligence,
superior rationality.
That is rational. But if you can't afford the brainpower, another good
strategy is to act irrationally.

But, according to you, it can't be the best strategy, since that would be by definition rational.


On the other hand there are also cases, e.g. which way a pursued prey
turns, which are not necessarily calculated this way but just by choosing a
direction quasi-randomly and this does make it more difficult for the
pursuing predator to predict. But this is NOT IRrationality, it's just a
RATIONAL quasi-random process.

Random, quasirandom and pseudorandom processes are all irrational, by
definition. There is no rational process involved in making the choice.

But that's a different definition of rational. A rational process (one you can give reasons for) my well lead to making a random choice.

Brent

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