# The value of information

The coin is flipped the same number of times, but you're worse off because you have to decide with less information. Only once you know what comparisons are relevant- "what tradeoff between status and unemployment risk am I willing to make?

## Value of information in decision making slideshare

Integrated from. Consistency can take a few iterations, and that's to be expected. So we can see that the same information can have different value for different people at different points in time. In such case, what is made or known might not be known in later decisions belonging to different team members, i. Notice that having a panel of experts gave them a natural way to determine the spread of the prior beyond the range inherent in their answers- where the experts agreed, they could clump the probability mass together, with only a little on answers the experts didn't give, and where the experts disagreed they knew where to spread the probability out over. The influence diagram, in particular, is structured to accommodate team decision situations where incomplete sharing of information among team members can be represented and solved very efficiently. Choosing a Career Many careers have significant prerequisites: if you want to be a doctor, you're going to have to go to medical school. For those sites, a detailed vulnerability analysis would provide value- but because the site was on the edge, the expected value of learning more was necessarily small! Both of these capture different information. It is quantified as the highest price the decision-maker is willing to pay for being able to know Weather Condition before making the Vacation Activity decision.

Examples[ edit ] VoC is often illustrated using the example of paying for a consultant in a business transaction, who may either be perfect expected value of perfect information or imperfect expected value of imperfect information.

Many people just choose based on accumulated experience- lawyers were high-status and rich before, so they suspect becoming a lawyer now is a good idea.

Consistency can take a few iterations, and that's to be expected.

It can be useful to keep upper and lower bounds for your estimates and update those along with your estimates- their current values and their changes with the last few pieces of information you found can give you an idea of how much you can expect to get from more research, and so you can finish researching and make a decision at a carefully chosen time, rather than when you get fatigued.

Both of these capture different information. For cases where the decision-maker is risk averse or risk seekingthis simple calculation does not necessarily yield the correct result, and iterative calculation is the only way to ensure correctness.

Where he writes how-to guides around Computer fundamentalcomputer software, Computer programming, and web apps. If you already know the cost of the information, then you can stop computing as soon as you find a positive outcome good enough and likely enough that the VoI so far is higher than the cost.

For those sites, a detailed vulnerability analysis would provide value- but because the site was on the edge, the expected value of learning more was necessarily small!

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