Directed expected utility networks

Leonelli, M. and Smith, J. Q. (2017) Directed expected utility networks. Decision Analysis, 14(2), pp. 108-125. (doi: 10.1287/deca.2017.0347)

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A variety of statistical graphical models have been defined to represent the conditional independences underlying a random vector of interest. Similarly, many different graphs embedding various types of preferential independences, such as, for example, conditional utility independence and generalized additive independence, have more recently started to appear. In this paper, we define a new graphical model, called a directed expected utility network, whose edges depict both probabilistic and utility conditional independences. These embed a very flexible class of utility models, much larger than those usually conceived in standard influence diagrams. Our graphical representation and various transformations of the original graph into a tree structure are then used to guide fast routines for the computation of a decision problem’s expected utilities. We show that our routines generalize those usually utilized in standard influence diagrams’ evaluations under much more restrictive conditions. We then proceed with the construction of a directed expected utility network to support decision makers in the domain of household food security.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leonelli, Dr Manuele
Authors: Leonelli, M., and Smith, J. Q.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Statistics
Journal Name:Decision Analysis
ISSN (Online):1545-8504
Published Online:09 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Decision Analysis 14(2): 108-125
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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