Meaning and validity of interactive procedures as tools for decision making
Roy, Bernard (1987), Meaning and validity of interactive procedures as tools for decision making, European Journal of Operational Research, 31, 3, p. 297-303. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0377-2217(87)90039-7
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Journal nameEuropean Journal of Operational Research
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Abstract (EN)This papers examines procedures based on answers to questions an entity Q asks an actor D in accordance with a protocol P. The aim is either to select an alternative a∗, considered by D to be the optimal choice among a set of alternatives A, or to formulate a utility function U, considered relevant by D for comparing alternatives in A. What gives meaning to the final result of this type of interactive procedure? On which criteria can its validity be assessed? In analysing three questions of a parlor game, we can produce evidence that the answers to such questions do not depend on P alone, but that the way in which D produces his answers plays just a central role. Threee different hypotheses concerning this points led us to a new approach to this type of question, an approach which point out the illusive nature of certain types of answers.
Subjects / KeywordsDecision theory; communication; behaviour; games; information theory
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