On Tuesday, September 11 I was the keynote speaker for a conference on Modeling and Simulation held at Virginia Beach, Virginia. My topic was the cognitive dimension of modeling and simulation. The topic had two purposes – to describe the cognitive functions of the people using the models and simulations, and also to provide guidance […]
A friend of mine, Steve Fiore at the University of Central Florida, tried to ruffle my feathers by sending me a review of a book by Ian Ayres Super Crunchers. The takeaway message from Ayres’ book is that statistical analyses are more trustworthy than expert opinion. Ayres is an econometrician and law professor at Yale, […]
I have spent most of my career trying to understand what makes experts in their field so good. Looking at fireground commanders making life-and-death decisions in seconds, nurses noticing that babies are developing infection – even before the blood work comes back positive, pilots inventing ways to control “uncontrollable” airplanes, military commanders immediately spotting the […]
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