Senior Researcher, Decision Theory & Adaptive Systems Group
Redmond, Washington 98052-6399
Director, Critical Care Service
Department of Surgery
Stanford Medical School
Stanford, CA 94305
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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.
Keywords: Time-critical action, trauma care, triage, decision-theoretic inference, Bayesian networks.
In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, Providence, RI, August 1997. Morgan Kaufmann: San Francisco.
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