What is the optimal decision

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Discussion Questions:

1. Give an example of a good decision that you made that resulted in a bad outcome. Also give an example of a bad decision that you madc that had a good out¬come. Why was each decision good or bad?

2. Describe what is involved in the decision process.

3. What is an alternative? What is a state of nature?

4. Discuss the differences among decision making under certainty, decision making under risk, and decision making under uncertainty.

5. What techniques are used to solve decision-making problems under uncertainty? Which technique results in an optimistic decision? Which technique re¬sults in a pessimistic decision?

6. Define opportunity loss. What decision-making criteria are used with an opportunity loss table?

7. What information should be placed on a decision tree?

8. Describe how you would determine the best decision using the EMV criterion with a decision tree.

9. What is the difference between prior and posterior probabilities?

10. What is the purpose of Bayesian analysis? Describe how you would use Bayesian analysis in the decision-making process.

11. What is the EVSI? How is this computed?

12. How is the efficiency of sample information computed?

13. What is the overall purpose of utility theory?

14. Briefly discuss how a utility function can be as-sessed. What is a standard gamble, and how is it used in determining utility values?

15. How is a utility curve used in selecting the best deci¬sion for a particular problem?

16. What is a risk seeker? What is a risk avoider? How does the utility curve for these types of decision makers differ?

17. Kenneth Brown is the principal owner of Brown Oil, Inc. After quitting his university teaching job. Ken has been able to increase his annual salary by a factor of over 100. At the present time, Ken is forced to consider purchasing some more equipment for Brown Oil because of competition. His alternatives are shown in the following table:


EQUIPMENT                  ($)                         (s)

Sub 100               300,000                 -200,000

Oiler J                   250.000                 -100.000

Texan                   75.000                   -18.000

unfavorable, Ken will suffer a loss of $200,000. But Kcn has always been a very optimistic decision maker.

(a) What type of decision is Ken facing?

(b) What decision criterion should he use?

(c) What alternative is best?

18. Although Ken Brown is the principal owner of Brown Oil, his brother Bob is credited with making the company a financial suc¬cess. Bob is vice president of finance. Bob attributes his success to his pessimistic attitude about business and the oil industry. Given the information from Problem 17. it is likely that Bob will arrive at a different decision. What decision criterion should Bob use, and what alternative will he select?

19. The Lubricant is an expensive oil newsletter to which many oil giants subscribe, including Ken Brown (see Problem  17 for details). In the last issue, the letter described how the demand for oil products would be extremely high. Apparently. the American consumer will continue to use oil products even if the price of these products doubles. Indeed, one of the articles in the Lubricant states that the chances of a favorable market for oil products was 70%. while the chance of an unfavorable market was only 30%. Ken would like to use these probabilities in determining the best decision.

(a) What decision model should be used?

(b) What is the optimal decision?

(c) Ken believes that the $300.000 figure for the Sub 100 with a favorable market is too high. How much lower would this figure have to be for Ken to change his decision made in part b?

20. Allen Young has always been proud of his personal investment strategies and has done very well over the past several years. He invests primarily in the stock market. Over the past several months, how¬ever, Allen has become very concerned about the stock market as a good investment. In some cases, it would have been better for Allen to have his money in a bank than in the market. During the next year. Allen must decide whether to invest $10,000 in the stock market or in a certificate of deposit (CD) at an interest rate of 9%. If the market is good, Allen be¬lieves that he could get a 14% return on his money.

With a fair market, he expects to get an 8% return. if the market is bad, he will most likely get no return at all-in other words, the return would be 0%. Allen estimates that the probability of a good market is 0.4. the probability of a fair market is 0.4. and the probability of a bad market is 0.2, and he wishes to maximize his long-run average return.

(a) Develop a decision table for this problem.

(b) What is the best decision?

21. You helped Allen Young determine 26* the best investment strategy. Now, Young is thinking about paying for a stock market newsletter. A friend of Young said that these types of letters could predict very accurately whether the market would be good. fair, or poor. Then, based on these predictions. Allen could make better investment decisions.

(a) What is the most that Allen would be willing to pay for a newsletter?

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