A theorem on the optimal allocation of effort
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A limited time budget is to be allocated to learning several tasks, so as to maximize the probability that a majority of these tasks will be performed correctly. It is shown that in the symmetric linear case, it is optimal to allocate time equally among k of the tasks, where k is at least a majority, but may be more, depending on the actual time available. In particular, time is allocated to all tasks if there is not much time available, but to only a majority of the tasks if the available amount of time is reasonably great.
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