Backward induction is the process of reasoning backwards starting with potential conclusions. The steps that can reach each potential conclusion are mapped out in a backwards fashion. These paths are then evaluated according to your goals.
Backwards induction tends to be a lot of work because there are often many paths that can get you to each potential conclusion. It is often used as a method of artificial intelligence. For example, the classic way for a computer to play chess is by backward induction.
|Value||Calculating the probability of success for each potential strategy given constraints such as your current position, rules of play and your goals.|
|Direction||Top-down beginning with theories, conclusions or potential future states|
|Uncertainty||Allows for logically uncertain conclusions and best guesses|
|Similar Techniques||Inductive ReasoningAbductive ReasoningGame Theory|
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