Explaining Decision-Theoretic Choices

Reference: Klein, D. A. & Shortliffe, E. H. Explaining Decision-Theoretic Choices. Ottawa, Canada, 1990.

Abstract: We present strategies for explaining decision-theoretic choices, and we describe the role of these strategies in a broader framework for building expert systems that choose among alternatives. We demonstrate the explanation strategies with implemented examples in the domains of marketing, process control, and medicine. Although previous approaches to modeling choices in expert systems generally have sacrificed formal specification for transparent operation, our approach suggests that decision-theoretic models provide a basis for generating intuitive explanations, as well as sound choices.

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