Virtual Talk: Learning and Persuading with Anecdotes

Nika Haghtalab
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

This talk presents a model of learning and communication between two agents using hard anecdotal evidence. We characterize agent rational behaviors in equilibal, explaining how senders are tempted to send biased information even though receivers will attempt to correct for the bias. Our characterization of equilibrium behavior will shed new light on human communication and justify when and why polarization and biased belief may arise. This talk is based on a joint work with Nicole Immorlica, Brendan Lucier, Markus Mobius, and Divyarthi Mohan.

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