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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262045155
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $57.99

Classification in the Wild

The Science and Art of Transparent Decision Making



Rules for building formal models that use fast-and-frugal heuristics, extending the psychological study of classification to the real world of uncertainty.

This book focuses on classification--allocating objects into categories--"in the wild," in real-world situations and far from the certainty of the lab. In the wild, unlike in typical psychological experiments, the future is not knowable and uncertainty cannot be meaningfully reduced to probability. Connecting the science of heuristics with machine learning, the book shows how to create formal models using classification rules that are simple, fast, and transparent and that can be as accurate as mathematically sophisticated algorithms developed for machine learning.

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262045155
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $57.99

About the authors

Gerd Gigerenzer

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and former Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He has published two academic books on heuristics, Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart and Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox and Reckoning with Risk. His latest book is Gut Feelings.

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