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The Sciences of the Artificial - 3rd Edition by Herbert A. Simon

By Herbert A. Simon

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Note, for example, the empirical data in Lawrence Wos, George A. Robinson, Daniel F. Carson, and Leon Shalla, "The Concept of Demodulation in Theorem Proving," Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery, 14(October 1967):698 709, and in several of the earlier papers referenced there. ), Computers and Thought (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963). " 18. In the literature the phrase information-processing system is used more frequently than symbol system. I will use the two terms as synonyms. < previous page page_21 next page > < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 of artifacts, and particularly the human version of it, that we will be primarily concerned in this book.

Muth, "Rational Expectations and the Theory of Price Movements," Econometrica, 29(1961):315 335. The notion was picked up, developed, and applied systematically to macroeconomics by R. E. , E. C. Prescott, T. J. Sargent, and others. < previous page page_38 next page > < previous page page_39 next page > Page 39 tions of the future are unbiased estimates of the equilibrium defined by these laws. These assumptions rule out most possibilities that speculation will be destabilizing. , utility maximizing).

2 We can interpret this bare-bones theory of the firm either positively (as describing how business firms behave) or normatively (as advising them how to maximize profits). It is widely taught in both senses in business schools and universities, just as if it described what goes on, or could go on, in the real world. Alas, the picture is far too simple to fit reality. Procedural Rationality The question of maximizing the difference between revenue and cost becomes interesting when, in more realistic circumstances, we ask how the firm actually goes about discovering that maximizing quantity.

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