Improving Forecasts and Plans: Evaluating the Effect of Counterfactual Reasoning in a Structured Analytic Technique

ACSHF Forum
Please join us for another ACSHF Forum on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 2p.m. - 3p.m. in Meese 109.  Beth Veinott, Associate Professor in CLS, will present Improving Forecasts and Plans: Evaluating the Effect of Counterfactual Reasoning in a Structured Analytic Technique.

One challenge affecting a variety of teams, such as software development, engineering, military, and crisis management, is overconfidence in the effectiveness of their plans.  Referred to as the planning fallacy, Buehler et al. (1994) suggests that ignoring past failures is a key cognitive element in this phenomenon. This talk summarizes recent experiments examining the effect of counterfactual reasoning strategies, thinking about what might have happened under different circumstances, on people's reasons, confidence and predictions. Leveraging a collaborative, structured analytic technique called the Premortem, this project extends research on counterfactual reasoning to estimates in planning. The results will be discussed in the context of advances in machine learning, AI, and crowdsourcing that have changed the information available to teams.

Monday, November 11 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Harold Meese Center, 109
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

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Academics, Lectures/Seminars

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Students, Faculty/Staff

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Cognitive and Learning Sciences
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Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors

Contact Name

Kevin Trewartha

Contact Email

kmtrewar@mtu.edu

Contact Phone

487-2460

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