matt hardy

mdhardy at princeton dot edu
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I'm a PhD student and NDSEG fellow at Tom Griffiths' Computational Cognitive Science Lab at Princeton University. Currently, I'm interning at Microsoft Research and working with Dan Goldstein and Jake Hofman on computational social science.

I use computational modeling, behavioral experiments, and agent-based simulations to study how people deal with uncertainty and complexity in their everyday decision making. Often, this involves integrating individual-level models of cognition with distributed models of social dynamics. I am especially interested in using this framework to improve social network design and redesign choice architectures.

Before my PhD, I was an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, where I majored in both statistics and economics and minored in mathematics. During this time, I spent two summers at MIT working with Whitney Newey and Jerry Hausman on applied and theoretical econometrics, and one summer at Via as a data science intern.

I also enjoy data and model visualization and have recently started building electric scatter.


selected papers

Bias amplification in experimental social networks is reduced by resampling
Matt Hardy, Bill Thompson, P.M. Krafft, and Tom Griffiths (under review).

Optimal nudging for cognitively bounded agents: A framework for modeling, predicting, and controlling the effects of choice architectures
Fred Callaway, Matt Hardy, and Tom Griffiths (under review).

Overcoming individual limitations through distributed computation: Rational information accumulation in multi-generational populations
Matt Hardy, P.M. Krafft, Bill Thompson, and Tom Griffiths (2022). Topics in Cognitive Science.

Demonstrating the importance of prior knowledge in risky choice
Matt Hardy and Tom Griffiths (2019). Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.