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Time-Critical Action: Representations and Application

Eric Horvitz and Adam Seiver


We review the problem of time-critical action and discuss a reformulation that shifts knowledge acquisition from the assessment of complex temporal probabilistic dependencies to the direct assessment of time-dependent utilities over key outcomes of interest. We dwell on a class of decision problems characterized by the centrality of diagnosing and reacting in a timely manner to pathological processes. We motivate key ideas in the context of trauma-care triage and transportation decisions.


Publication typeInproceedings
PublisherMorgan Kaufmann Publishers
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