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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-03-11a

Published in: Ivan Lirkov, Svetozar Margenov, Jerzy Wasniewski, and Plamen Yalamov (eds.), Large-Scale Scientific Computing, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference LSSC'2003, Sozopol, Bulgaria, June 4-8, 2003, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2004, Vol. 2907, pp. 238-245.


To describe the response of engineering complex systems to various damage mechanics, engineers have traditionally use number-valued utilities to describe the results of different possible outcomes, and (number-valued) probabilities (often, subjective probabilities) to describe the relative frequency of different outcomes. This description is based on the assumption that experts can always make a definite preference between two possible outcomes, i.e., that the set of all outcomes is linearly (totally) ordered. In practice, experts often cannot make a choice, their preference is only a partial order.

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