## The Annals of Mathematical Statistics

- Ann. Math. Statist.
- Volume 43, Number 5 (1972), 1428-1440.

### Some Properties of Bayesian Orderings of Experiments

#### Abstract

Let $\Omega$ be a finite set of states and $\Xi$ the class of prior distribution on $\Omega$. A nonnegative, continuous, concave function on $\Xi$ is called an uncertainty function and if $X = (\mathscr{X}, \mathscr{A}; \mathbf{P}_\theta, \theta \in \Omega)$ and $Y = (\mathscr{y}, \mathscr{B}; \mathbf{Q}_\theta, \theta \in \Omega)$ are two experiments $X$ is called at least as informative as $Y$ with respect to $U$ if $U(\xi |X) \leqq U(\xi | Y)\quad \text{for all} \xi \in \Xi$ where $U(\xi \mid X)$ is the expected posterior uncertainty for an observation on $X$ when the prior is $\xi \in \Xi$. Any such $U$ induces a partial ordering on the class of all experiments. The paper characterizes (i) the class of functions $U$ which lead to a total ordering of the class of experiments and (ii) the class of transformations of a function $U$ which preserve its induced ordering.

#### Article information

**Source**

Ann. Math. Statist., Volume 43, Number 5 (1972), 1428-1440.

**Dates**

First available in Project Euclid: 27 April 2007

**Permanent link to this document**

https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoms/1177692375

**Digital Object Identifier**

doi:10.1214/aoms/1177692375

**Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)**

MR343409

**Zentralblatt MATH identifier**

0257.62007

**JSTOR**

links.jstor.org

#### Citation

Feldman, D. Some Properties of Bayesian Orderings of Experiments. Ann. Math. Statist. 43 (1972), no. 5, 1428--1440. doi:10.1214/aoms/1177692375. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoms/1177692375