Why Decision Paralysis

Sean Aguilar, The University of Texas at El Paso
Vladik Kreinovich, The University of Texas at El Paso

Technical Report: UTEP-CS-22-93


If a person has a small number of good alternatives, this person can usually make a good decision, i.e., select one of the given alternatives. However, when we have a large number of good alternatives, people take much longer to make a decision -- sometimes so long that, as a result, no decision is made. How can we explain this seemingly no-optimal behavior? In this paper, we show that this "decision paralysis" can be naturally explained by using the usual decision making ideas.