Landscapes and Bandits: A Unified Model of Functional and Demographic Diversity

Philosophy of Science (forthcoming)
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Two types of formal models - landscape search tasks and two-armed bandit models - are often used to study the effects that various social factors have on epistemic performance. I argue that they can be understood within a single framework. In this unified framework, I develop a model that may be used to understand the effects of functional and demographic diversity and their interaction. Using the unified model, I find that the benefit of demographic diversity is most pronounced in a functionally homogeneous group, and decreases with the increase of functional diversity.

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Alice C.W. Huang
University of Toronto, St. George Campus


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