1. Introduction

  1. Giovanni Parmigiani1 and
  2. Lurdes Y. T. Inoue2

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746684.ch1

Decision Theory

Decision Theory

How to Cite

Parmigiani, G. and Inoue, L. Y. T. (2009) Introduction, in Decision Theory, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746684.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

  2. 2

    University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Walter A. Shewhart and
  2. Samuel S. Wilks

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496571

Online ISBN: 9780470746684



  • statistics and controversies;
  • decision theory - principles and approaches;
  • two opposing perspectives on how to figuring out how good our answer is;
  • judging an answer by what it says;
  • judging an answer by how it was obtained;
  • probability lives in the world - describing stochastic experimental;
  • probability - lives in the context of the system of values and theories of an individual scientist;
  • statisticians producing solutions to problems;
  • a guided tour of decision theory;
  • dynamic programming to sequential data collection


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Controversies

  • A guided tour of decision theory