Treasure hunting in virtual environments self-organized criticality in searches amid uncertainty

Dimitri Volchenkov, Jonathan Helbach, Marko Tscherepanow, Sina Kühnel

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Abstract

Searching experiments conducted in different virtual environments over a gender balanced group of people revealed a gender irrelevant scale-free spread of searching activity on large spatiotemporal scales. The better performance of men in virtual environments can be associated with the regularly renewed computer game experience, essentially in games played through a first-person perspective. We suggested a simple self-organized critical model of search, in which the experimentally observed scale-free behavior can be interpreted as a trade-offbetween the value of exploitation versus exploration amid uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalDiscontinuity, Nonlinearity, and Complexity
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Anomalous diffusion
  • Decision amid uncertainty
  • Virtual environment

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