One-Switch Independence for Multiattribute Utility Functions

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Authors: 
A.E. Abbas
D.E. Bell
Description/Abstract: 
Assessment of multiattribute utility functions is significantly simplified if it is possible to decompose the function into more manageable pieces. Utility independence is a powerful property that serves well for this purpose, but if it is not appropriate in a given situation, what options does the analyst have? We review some possibilities and propose a new independence assumption based on the one-switch property. We argue that it is a natural generalization of utility independence and show how it leads to tractable multiattribute utility functions.