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An Introduction to Decision Theory

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316606209

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  • Now revised and updated, this introduction to decision theory is both accessible and comprehensive, covering topics including decision making under ignorance and risk, the foundations of utility theory, the debate over subjective and objective probability, Bayesianism, causal decision theory, game theory, and social choice theory. No mathematical skills are assumed, with all concepts and results explained in non-technical and intuitive as well as more formal ways. There are now over 140 exercises with solutions, along with a glossary of key terms and concepts. This second edition includes a new chapter on risk aversion as well as updated discussions of numerous central ideas, including Newcomb's problem, prisoner's dilemmas, and Arrow's impossibility theorem. The book will appeal particularly to philosophy students but also to readers in a range of disciplines, from computer science and psychology to economics and political science.

    • This updated second edition includes extended discussions of key concepts, and now contains over 140 questions and exercises complete with solutions
    • Material is explained in non-technical language, making the book accessible even to those with limited mathematical training
    • Highlights the relevance of decision theory through numerous everyday examples which demonstrate its application to daily life
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316606209
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 174 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 97 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. The decision matrix
    3. Decisions under ignorance
    4. Decisions under risk
    5. Utility
    6. The mathematics of probability
    7. The philosophy of probability
    8. Bayesianism and pragmatic arguments
    9. Causal vs evidential decision theory
    10. Risk aversion
    11. Game theory I: basic concepts and zero-sum games
    12. Game theory II: nonzero-sum and cooperative games
    13. Social choice theory
    14. Overview of descriptive decision theory
    Appendix A. Glossary
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Author

    Martin Peterson, Texas A & M University
    Martin Peterson holds the Sue and Harry Bovay Chair in the Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University. He is the author of several books on decision theory, ethics, and risk, including Non-Bayesian Decision Theory (2008), The Dimensions of Consequentialism (Cambridge, 2013), and The Ethics of Technology (forthcoming).

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