Playing Video Games With Decision Making

For most people, video games are pure fun — a way to escape. But for Eric Laber, associate professor of statistics at NC State, they are a way to get to the root of complex problems.

Laber’s work stems from his love for video games and a desire to help improve decision making. He explains that if a computer can understand the decisions that are necessary to win a game, then it can apply that same process to understand how humans make important decisions about health care.

One application Laber’s team focuses on is helping doctors make more efficient and reliable decisions to treat serious diseases like cancer and diabetes.

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