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Many authors, including Cavusoglu and Raghunathan (2004. Configuration of detection software: A comparison of decision and game theory approaches. Decision Anal. 1(3) 131–148.) in this journal, have argued that proper modeling of the strategic interaction between players requires a game-theoretic approach as opposed to a decision-theoretic approach. We argue in this paper, however, that there are many environments in which decision analysis can deal with strategic interactions just as well, and we present equivalence results for such environments. These equivalence results allow the prescriptive decision analyst to use the standard tools that a sound decision analysis requires, including decision trees and sensitivity analysis, even when confronted with strategic settings. We further present two technical comments on the Cavusoglu and Raghunathan (2004) paper.
van Binsbergen, J., & Marx, L. M. (2007). Exploring Relations Between Decision Analysis and Game Theory. Decision Analysis, 4 (1), 32-40. http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/deca.1070.0084
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
This document has been peer reviewed.
At the time of publication, author Jules H. van Binsbergen was affiliated with Duke University. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.