# THEORY OF DECISION UNDER UNCERTAINTY PDF

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Data Processing 3. Individual experimental data In questionnaires related to positive prospects such as the questionnaire shown in Figure 2 , most subjects switched their preference marks directly from the risky prospect column to the sure prospect column; other subjects made one or several intermediate marks in the equivalence and non- comparability columns, 3 thereby defining an indecision interval. Questionnaires related to negative prospects displayed symmetrical patterns.

This information can be summed up in the two characteristics below: - The length of the indecision interval if any , equal to Statistical Assumption Testing 3. The other certainty equivalents could not be adjusted to Gaussian distributions their means being too off-center with respect to the 0; 1 range. It should however be noted that, despite this fact, since distributions were unimodal and the sample large, the robust tests used below remained valid.

The empirical distributions of the most important characteristics are shown in detail in Table V. Invariability of subjects" preferences Subjects generally did not make the same choices twice in the same experiment.

The question therefore arises, whether this fact can simply be explained by the subjects' lack of precision or whether variations in subjects' preferences must be posited. This question can be expressed as a statistical issue.

## Methods of Decision Making under Uncertainty

To do so it must simply be assumed that subjects' certainty equivalents are random variables. Since it is not statistically abnormal to obtain one excessive value out of ten, we concluded that the hypothesis should be accepted for the set of all the experiments.

Thus, subject preferences can be considered to have remained the same throughout the experiments. Fisher-Snedecor variance ratio test at the 0. Thus the hypothesis can be accepted: A subjects's errors in M. Equal accuracy in all experiments Individual variances of the 10 experiments are given in Table I, column IV.

GAIN J2 2. LOSS 89 3. Estimated variance ratios ranged from 0. The hypothesis that accuracy is the same in all experiments can thus be accepted. Significant Divergencies among Subject Preferences We now come to the crucial issue: Is the accuracy of the subjects sufficient to reveal true preference dissimilarities among them?

All ratios were greater than critical value 1.

## Decision theory

Thus the scattering of subjects' certainty equivalents in the various experiments cannot be considered to merely result from random errors. Subjects have diverse attitudes and these diversities are detectable from their answers to the questionnaires. The following sections are devoted to the study of subject attitude with respect to risk and uncertainty. Classic Definitions of Attitudes with Respect to Risk and the Inadequacy of These Definitions Three attitudes with respect to risk are classically distinguished and defined as follows: A subject is risk averse resp.

An interesting feature of these definitions is that they are intrinsic, i. Unfortunately, subjects do not generally fit into one or another of these categories.

## Working Papers & Publications

In fact, they do not even fit into one category for positive prospects and another for negative prospects: Depending on the positive resp. This last statement is clearly supported by our data, as can be seen in Table II. Note that to compensate the fact that questions were restricted to round numbers, we considered subjects to be risk neutral up to a F.

Attitudes with respect to risk.

Proportions of subjects which are: Probability risk risk risk 17[ averse neutral seeking! Remark 1.

In the framework of the E. Actually, a convex-concave utility function in the domain of gains has been hypothesized by Friedman-Savage [7] and a concave-convex utility function in the domain of losses by Markowitz [16].

More recently how- ever, authors such as Kahneman-Tversky [11] and Karmarkar [12] have come to doubt the E.

Schoemaker [18], Ch. Non-existence of a Reflection Effect It is clear from Table II that subjects behave quite differently on the gain side and on the loss side. Kahneman-Tversky [11] described these differences as a reflection effect: Subjects who are risk averse in the domain of gains become risk seeking in the domain of losses and vice versa.

However their claim, which was entirely based on across-subject analysis, was not confirmed by Hershey- Schoemaker's [8] within-subject analysis of their own experimental data. Within-subject comparison of attitudes with respect to risk.

Thus our data do not confirm the existence of a reflection effect. Actually, the most striking feature exhibited by Table III is a great similarity a m o n g all its lines, as well as a m o n g all its columns, suggesting independent attitudes on the gain side and on the loss side. It is instructive to note, in contrast, that, despite the poor accuracy of the subjects, correlation coefficients between certainty equivalents of posi- tive prospects, r Gn, Gn, and of negative prospects, r Ln, Ln, , range from 0.

Thus, on the gain side, as on the loss side, subjects exhibit consistent attitudes; there is however no correlation between a subject's attitude in the domain of gains and his attitude in the domain of losses. Confirmation of the Occurence of an Isolation Effect The fact that subjects had uncorrelated attitudes in the two types of experiments is sufficient to prove that they did not take into account the F.

Their choices clearly show that they did not. Thus the isolation effect did occur as expected. The latter prospect thus put the subjects in the limiting situation of uncertainty known as complete ignorance.

## Organizational Decision Making Under Uncertainty Shocks

Attitudes with respect to uncertainty in the domain of gains resp. Remark 2.

It must be emphasized that the attitudes with respect to uncer- tainty defined above do not claim to reflect subjects' absolute behavior under uncertainty but the differences between their behavior with respect to risk and their behavior with respect to uncertainty. This predominance of pessimism is an accordance with earlier findings by Ellsberg [5] and MacCrimmon-Larsson [15].

Further conclusions are given in section 6 5. A broader definition of moderation, allowing a F. We have already seen in paragraph 3. Fisher correlation tests at the 0.

It can thus be concluded that under uncertainty as under risk. Relations Between Attitude with Respect to Risk and Attitude with Respect to Uncertainty In the domain of losses, the question simply does not arise, since all subjects have the same attitude: moderation. Let us however recall see Remark 2 of paragraph 5.

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In the next section, it will in fact clearly appear that they are not, and h o w they are related will be analysed. Non-Discrimination Between Distinct Probabilities 6. Distributions of certainty equivalent differences Standard t value of Variance ratio of Distribution Mean deviation student test Fisher-Snedecor test In the whole sample [1.

These data suggest that, in the d o m a i n o f losses, subjects' choices are not made on the basis of the precise probabilities of relevant events but on the basis of vague categories of, say, "belief", which they assess to these events.

Prob- abilities are apparently taken into account rather precisely on the gain side. We are thus provided with yet another reason for concluding that subjects use fundamentally different decision processes on the gain side and on the loss side. Moreover, on the gain side, we can already conclude that subjects do not reduce uncertainty to risk by ascribing equal probabilities to complemen- tary events.

On the loss side, however, the question of the relation between behavior under risk and behavior under uncertainty has not yet been cleared up. Although we have already been able to draw many conclusions which are statistically valid for all subjects from the data concerning the entire subject sample, it is clear that subjects actually differ not only in their attitudes but also in their decision processes.

In the hopes of isolating a subset of subjects exhibiting a common decision process we studied several subsamples, selected according to an objective charac- teristic - their attitude with respect to risk. It is actually possible to test the absence of bias on the gain side: By a series of student tests at the 0.

Data however do not confirm this presumption: By a series of Fisher- Snedecor variance ratio tests at the 0. Thus, subjects belonging to a subgroup which accounts for almost half of the sample - those subjects which are risk seeking for losses - make their choices in the domain of losses on the basis of vague categories of belief concerning the relevant events.

On the contrary, in the domains of gains, these same subjects, who do not behave differently from the whole of the sample, are sensitive to the precise probabilities of the events. To allow for round numbers, a difference of F. These subjects differ greatly from other subjects in individual standard deviation under risk, which is on an average 65, as opposed to for the whole sample.

## Decision-Making under Uncertainty

A likely explanation for this greater - but not perfect - accuracy, is that these subjects calculated the mathematical expectations of the risky prospects but were not consistent in their use of round numbers.

A possible explanation, which is consistent with our previous finding concerning the greater precision in the taking into account of probabilities on the gain than on the loss side, is that, subjects being more affected by losses than by gains, they tend to comply with rational models on the gain side, and with models based on feelings on the loss side. This fact shows that a learning phenomenon took place in the course of the experiments.

Another aspect of learning can be found by examining the indecision intervals see paragraph 3. They therefore are moderates on the gain side as well as on the loss side but moderates are not necessarily Laplacian subjects.

We observed If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username. Methods of Decision Making under Uncertainty The methods of decission making under certainity are. Let us however recall see Remark 2 of paragraph 5. Petersburg paradox to show that expected value theory must be normatively wrong. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.

Maximax Criterion: This criterion, also known as the criterion of optimism, is used when the decision-maker is optimistic about future. Volume 6 , Issue 2 June Pages