Factors that Affect Strategy Selection in Question Answering
The work described below was among the first to present evidence that people (a) are variable in their strategy use, and (b) do not always attempt to search memory for a close match to the probe before electing to use some other type of question-answering strategy. Before this work was published, the accepted view was that memory would be searched for an answer before executing a "back-up" strategy such as computation or inference.



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