Psychiatric Interviewing and Multistage Decision Processes of Adaptive Type.

by Richard Ernest Bellman, M. B. Friend, Leonard T. Kurland

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A proposition that psychiatric interviewing should be regarded as a multistage decision process, that the interviewing process may be simulated, and that insight into the simulation process may be provided by the use of such techniques as dynamic programming. A nontechnical lexicon of such fundamental concepts as "decision process," multistage process," "policy," "information pattern," "adaptive policy," and "sequential machine" is provided. 16 pp.

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