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decision theory

noun, Statistics.
the theory of making decisions based on assigning probabilities to various factors and assigning numerical consequences to the outcome.
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Conventional decision theory cannot explain why humans make paradoxical choices.
  • For certain other situations, decision theory is an appropriate tool.
British Dictionary definitions for decision theory

decision theory

(statistics) the study of strategies for decision-making under conditions of uncertainty in such a way as to maximize the expected utility See also game theory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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decision theory in Technology

A branch of statistics concerning strategies for decision making in non-deterministic systems. Decision theory seeks to find strategies that maximise the expected value of a utility function measuring the desirability of possible outcomes.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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