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Publish at March 15 2022 Updated March 18 2022

Decision Making Under Uncertainty: Introduction to Structured Expert Judgment

Making complex decisions without some data

In an increasingly data-driven world, data and its use aren't always all it's cracked up to be. This course aims to address the critical lack of any or appropriate data in many areas where complex decisions need to be made.

What you'll learn

By the end of the course all learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize and advise on when and in which settings to use the Classical Model (CM) for performing Structured Expert Judgment
  2. Account for uncertainty assessments in complex decision-making context when data pose issues
  3. Use the CM to analyze expert data and obtain answers to questions of interest
  4. Participate in an optional IDEA Protocol module, which uses a different method of performing Structured Expert Judgment.

Verified learners will have the added benefit of being able to:

  1. Get an in-depth perspective on the CM method
  2. Analyze expert data to apply Structured Expert Judgement methods to real world scenarios
  3. Participate in optional modules about dependence elicitation and eliciting probabilities.

Syllabus

WEEK 1: Why and when to use SEJ?

Consider why and when to use Structured Expert Judgment (SEJ) and the Classical Model (CM), and then apply the model to applicable scenarios.

WEEK 2: Statistical accuracy (calibration) and information score

Learn how to use two key performance measures within the CM effectively.

WEEK 3: Performance-based weights and the Decision Maker

Learn how to aggregate expert opinion based on performance-based weights. Review other weighting schemes and evaluate them with respect to in-sample and out-of-sample validation techniques.

WEEK 4: Data analysis using Excalibur

The learners receive expert data that they will use to:

i) Compute the statistical accuracy and information scores for each expert,

ii) Aggregate their assessments with various weights, and

iii) Comment on the performance of the resulting Decision Makers.

WEEK 5: Applications of CM

Learn about real CM studies using an available TU Delft SEJ dataset and discuss particulars of the different studies provided.

WEEK 6: Practical matters (biases, experts, elicitation)

Consider the practical matters that are necessary for running the elicitation. Special attention will be given to biases and how to train experts to assess uncertainties.

Optional modules about another SEJ approach (the IDEA protocol) will be provided for learners who are keen on learning about an alternative method. Modules on dependence elicitation and eliciting probabilities will be provided to verified learners who want to learn about other contexts for which SEJ methods are appropriate.

Additionally, a more advanced course will be available for learners who are keen to apply the model to a project in their own situation to a problem of interest.

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