Data Science

The Curse of Free-Will and the Paradox of Inevitable Regret



The paradox described below aims to clarify the principles by which empirical data are harnessed to guide decision making. It is motivated by the practical question of whether empirical assessments of the effect of treatment on the treated (ETT) can be useful for either policy evaluation or personal decisions.

Foundations of Data Science - Textbook

Avrim Blum, John Hopcroft, Ravindran Kannan 

June, 2016 



Computer science as an academic discipline began in the 1960’s. Emphasis was on programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and the mathematical theory that supported these areas. Courses in theoretical computer science covered finite automata, regular expressions, context free languages, and computability.