Issues in Evaluating Risks of Fatalities

  • Ralph L. Keeney
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 4)


Significant attention by both governments and individuals is devoted to addressing problems including the possible loss of life among their concerns. Aspects of the attention concern acquiring an understanding of the problems and identifying manners in which these problems might be resolved. Once a specific problem is reasonably well understood, it can be represented as a decision problem. This would involve a choice among alternatives, each of which would have implications for the potential fatalities that might result. In addition, however, there would be potential economic, social, and environmental implications associated with each of the alternatives. Given that the decision problem is structured, an attempt is made to select the most responsible alternative utilizing the information that one has available at the time the decision must be chosen.


Utility Function Decision Problem Risk Profile Acceptable Risk Equitable Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph L. Keeney
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  1. 1.Systems Sciences DepartmentUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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