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This book is an extensive survey and critical examination of the literature on the use of expert opinion in scientific inquiry and policy making. The elicitation, representation, and use of expert opinion is increasingly important for two reasons: advancing technology leads to more and more complex decision problems, and technologists are turning in greater numbers to expert systems and other similar artifacts of artificial intelligence. Cooke here considers how expert opinion is being used today, how an expert's uncertainty is or should be represented, how people do or should reason with uncertainty, how the quality and usefulness of expert opinion can be assessed, and how the views of several experts might be combined. He argues for the importance of developing practical models with a transparent mathematic foundation for the use of expert opinion in science, and presents three tested models, termed classical, Bayesian, and psychological scaling. Detailed case
studies illustrate how they can be applied to a diversity of real problems in engineering and planning.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195064650
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 243 mm
  • No of Pages: 336
  • Series Title: Environmental Ethics and Science Policy
  • Weight: 648 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0195064658
  • Publisher Date: 24 Oct 1991
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 33 mm
  • Width: 166 mm


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