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Social, Behavioral & Experimental Economics (SBEE): Predicting and Understanding Initial Play

Annie Liang, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, March 11, 2019
11:45 AM-12:45 PM
R0420 Ross School of Business Map

We use machine learning to uncover regularities in the initial play of matrix games. We first train a prediction algorithm on data from past experiments. Examining the games where our algorithm predicts correctly, but existing models don’t, leads us to add a parameter to the level-1 model that significantly improves predictions. We then generate new games where our modified level-1 model l performs poorly, and obtain better predictions with a hybrid model that uses a decision tree to decide game-by-game which rule to use for making predictions. Finally, we show how to further improve predictions using crowd-sourced predictions as an input. (Joint with Drew Fudenberg)
Building: Ross School of Business
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Economics, seminar
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Social, Behavioral, and Experimental Economics (SBEE), Department of Economics, Department of Economics Seminars