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Herbert Alexander Simon

American political scientist, economist, sociologist, and psychologist

Herbert Alexander Simon (June 15, 1916 – February 9, 2001) was an American economist, political scientist and cognitive psychologist, whose primary research interest was decision-making within organizations and is best known for the theories of "bounded rationality" and "satisficing". He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1978 and the Turing Award in 1975. His research was noted for its interdisciplinary nature and spanned across the fields of cognitive science, computer science, public administration, management, and political science. He was at Carnegie Mellon University for most of his career, from 1949 to 2001.Notably, Simon was among the pioneers of several modern-day scientific domains such as artificial intelligence, information processing, decision-making, problem-solving, organization theory, and complex systems. He was among the earliest to analyze the architecture of complexity and to propose a preferential attachment mechanism to explain power law distributions.
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A Behavioral Model of Rational Choice ( 1955 )

scientific article (publication date: February 1955)

author: Herbert Alexander Simon

Computer science as empirical inquiry: symbols and search ( 1976 )

scientific article (publication date: March 1976)

author: Herbert Alexander Simon, Allen Newell

Why a Diagram is (Sometimes) Worth Ten Thousand Words ( 1987 )

scientific article (publication date: 3 January 1987)

author: Herbert Alexander Simon Jill H. Larkin

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