Classifying Behaviors in Risky Choices
AbstractThis paper presents a nonparametric approach to classification of data from lottery experiments. Using very basic mathematical tools the paper endeavors to answer the questions: How to determine the “average” subject in a group? How to find a subject presenting the most similar behavior to a given one? How to detect outlier subject(s)? How to classify behaviors by their dissimilarity from the perfectly rational decision maker? How to rank subjects by risk attitudes? How to cluster subjects? This paper demonstrates that the answer to all of these questions may be found non-parametrically, without the use of any specific model.
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Date of creation: 12 Jul 2010
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Lottery experiments; Certainty Equivalents; Risk Attitude; Cluster Analysis; Nonparametric Methods; Relative Utility Function.;
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- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
- C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
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- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-07-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-07-24 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2010-07-24 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-UPT-2010-07-24 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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