STAT DECISION THEORY

STA 623

Formulation of decision problems; criteria for optimality: maximum expected utility and minimax. Axiomatic foundations of expected utility; coherence and the axioms of probability (the Dutch Book theorem). Elicitation of probabilities and utilities. The value of information. Estimation and hypothesis testing as decision problems: risk, sufficiency, completeness and admissibility. Stein estimation. Bayes decision functions and their properties. Minimax analysis and improper priors. Decision theoretic Bayesian experimental design. Combining evidence and group decisions. Instructor: Berger or Schmidler

Day / Time: 

TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Location: 

Social Sciences 119

Instructor: 

Schmidler, Scott

Section: 

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