Modeling expert opinion arising as a partial probabilistic specification

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Expert opinion is often sought with regard to unknowns in a decision-making setting. For a univariate unknown, θ, our presumption is that such opinion is elicited as a partial probabilistic specification in the form of either probability assignments regarding the chance of θ falling in a fixed set of disjoint exhaustive intervals or selected quantiles for θ. Treating such specification as “data,” our focus is on the development of suitable probability densities for these data given the true θ. In particular, we advocate a rich class of densities created by transformation of random mixtures of beta distributions. These densities become likelihoods when viewed as a function of θ given the data. We presume that a decision-maker (here a so-called supra Bayesian) presides over the opinion collection, offering his or her assessment as well. All of this opinion is synthesized using Bayes’s theorem, resulting in the posterior distribution as the pooling mechanism. The models are applied to opinion collected regarding points per game for participants in the 1991 National Basketball Association championship basketball series. © 1995 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gelfand, AE; Mallick, BK; Dey, DK

Published Date

  • January 1, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 90 / 430

Start / End Page

  • 598 - 604

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-274X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-1459

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01621459.1995.10476552

Citation Source

  • Scopus