Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1975

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Economics

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to examine in depth one aspect of human problem solving; specifically, to deal with a task environment familiar to the managerial practiocioner --- one of allocating scarece resources in an equitable and efficient manner toward the accomplishment of a defined goal. The central focus will be on measuring the problem solver’s relative efficiency and equitability in solving this allocation task using two different sets of data. To observe the problem solver’s thought processes, the “thinking aloud protocol” will be used. The use of protocols in discussed in Chapter 2. Of prime importance in the evaluation of protocols is (1) the goal of the problem solution and (2) the data given to the problem solver for use in arriving at this goal. The goal toward which the problem solver for use in arriving at this goal. The goal toward which the problem solver is striving has two distinct areas.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Problem solving

Human information processing

Econometrics

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

102

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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