Decision Science and Technology

Reflections on the Contributions of Ward Edwards

  • James Shanteau
  • Barbara A. Mellers
  • David A. Schum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Barbara A. Mellers
      Pages 3-5
  3. Behavioral Decision Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Alan Schwartz, Barbara A. Mellers, Tanya Metzger
      Pages 65-79
    3. Gerd Gigerenzer, Jean Czerlinski, Laura Martignon
      Pages 81-103
    4. James Shanteau
      Pages 105-130
  4. Decision Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Robert L. Winkler
      Pages 155-170
    3. Elias Moreno, Luis R. Pericchi, Joseph B. Kadane
      Pages 171-181
    4. F. Hutton Barron, Bruce E. Barrett
      Pages 211-225
  5. Decisions in Society

  6. Historical Notes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Peter C. Fishburn
      Pages 369-388
    3. James Shanteau, Charles Gettys, Ward Edwards
      Pages 399-403
    4. David A. Schum
      Pages 405-420
  7. The Last Word

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. Ward Edwards
      Pages 423-431
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 433-434

About this book


Decision Science and Technology is a compilation of chapters written in honor of a remarkable man, Ward Edwards. Among Ward's many contributions are two significant accomplishments, either of which would have been enough for a very distinguished career. First, Ward is the founder of behavioral decision theory. This interdisciplinary discipline addresses the question of how people actually confront decisions, as opposed to the question of how they should make decisions. Second, Ward laid the groundwork for sound normative systems by noticing which tasks humans can do well and which tasks computers should perform. This volume, organized into five parts, reflects those accomplishments and more.
The book is divided into four sections: `Behavioral Decision Theory' examines theoretical descriptions and empirical findings about human decision making. `Decision Analysis' examines topics in decision analysis.`Decision in Society' explores issues in societal decision making. The final section, `Historical Notes', provides some historical perspectives on the development of the decision theory. Within these sections, major, multi-disciplinary scholars in decision theory have written chapters exploring some very bold themes in the field, as an examination of the book's contents will show.
The main reason for the health of the Decision Analysis field is its close links between theory and applications that have characterized it over the years. In this volume, the chapters by Barron and Barrett; Fishburn; Fryback; Keeney; Moreno, Pericchi, and Kadane; Howard; Phillips; Slovic and Gregory; Winkler; and, above all, von Winterfeldt focus on those links. Decision science originally developed out of concern with real decision problems; and applied work, such as is represented in this volume, will help the field to remain strong.


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Editors and affiliations

  • James Shanteau
    • 1
  • Barbara A. Mellers
    • 2
  • David A. Schum
    • 3
  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityUSA
  3. 3.George Mason UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7315-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5089-1
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