Accession Number : ADA115031


Title :   Utility Assessment Methods.


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV DAVIS GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ADMINISTRATION


Personal Author(s) : Farquhar,Peter H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a115031.pdf


Report Date : May 1982


Pagination or Media Count : 62


Abstract : This paper integrates existing and new methods for assessing unidimensional expected utility functions in a comprehensive study of utility assessment. It describes briefly and utility assessment process in decision analysis and then reviews problem formulations, sources of bias in preference judgments, and the analysis of risk attitudes. Critically examined are about two dozen utility assessment methods of which half appear for the first time. These methods are grouped under preference comparison methods, probability equivalence methods, value equivalence methods, certainty equivalence methods, hybrid methods, paired-gamble methods, and other approaches. The nature of judgmental biases is emphased in comparing different assessment procedures. Since most multiattribute utility functions are decomposed into single-attribute functions, this study should facilitate such applications.


Descriptors :   *Decision making , *Decision theory , *Mathematical analysis , Problem solving , Formulations , Bias , Judgement(Psychology) , Risk , Attitudes(Psychology) , Methodology , Comparison , Probability , Hybrid systems , Gambling


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Operations Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE