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Exploring the space of human exploration using Entropy Mastermind

Schulz, Eric, Bertram, Lara, Hofer, Matthias and Nelson, Jonathan D. (2019) Exploring the space of human exploration using Entropy Mastermind In: 2019 Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2019), 24-27 Jul 2019, Montreal, Canada.

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What drives people’s exploration in complex scenarios where they have to actively acquire information? How do people adapt their selection of queries to the environment? We explore these questions using Entropy Mastermind, a novel variant of the Mastermind code-breaking game, in which participants have to guess a secret code by making useful queries. Participants solved games more efficiently if the entropy of the game environment was low; moreover, people adapted their initial queries to the scenario they were in. We also investigated whether it would be possible to predict participants’ queries within the generalized Sharma-Mittal information-theoretic framework. Although predicting individual queries was difficult, the modeling framework offered important insights on human behavior. Entropy Mastermind opens up rich possibilities for modeling and behavioral research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Schulz, Eric
Hofer, Matthias
Nelson, Jonathan
Date : 2019
DOI : 10.1101/540666
Copyright Disclaimer : The copyright holder for this preprint is the author/funder, who has granted bioRxiv a license to display the preprint in perpetuity. It is made available under a CC-BY 4.0 International license.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Curiosity; Active Learning; Exploration; Entropy
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 04 Oct 2019 09:16
Last Modified : 04 Oct 2019 09:16

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