In addition to the award of supercomputing time, the project was allocated 12 months of XSEDE staff technical support to maintain the necessary codes on the supercomputing infrastructure. XSEDE database experts and other consultants also will support the team.
The goal of this exploratory project is to find out how the power of the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) can best be used to ramp up the scope of behavioural decision making research by at least two orders of magnitude. There are a variety of competing theories of human decision making across several disciplines in the behavioral sciences. The leading paradigms include two major domains.
In decision making under risk/uncertainty, scholars ask questions like: Do you prefer $10 for sure or a 50/50 chance of winning $22/$0? In inter-temporal choice scholars ask questions like: Do you prefer paying $10 now, or paying $12 in two weeks? Most major theories also permit a spectrum of different competing mathematical specifications. Each of these mathematical model formulations may be evaluated on data sets from multiple participants in multiple laboratory experiments. The proposed project will attempt to broaden the scope of current decision-making research to an unprecedented number of theories, specifications, methods, and data sets. A large part of the analyses will be carried out using the MATLAB environment.
Sergiu Sanielevici, Director of Scientific Applications and User Support at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center expressed his interest in the project: "One of the innovative thrusts of theNational Science Foundation-funded XSEDE project is to have leading edge computing experts collaborate with scholars like Professor Regenwetter and his team, to ensure that the nation's most advanced computers, in this case 'Blacklight' at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, are successfully brought to bear on social, behavioral and economic research at unprecedented scales. We are very excited by this opportunity."