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20 Post author: Wei_Dai 20 October 2009 04:35PM

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Comment author: timtyler 20 October 2009 08:32:07PM 3 points [-]

"Of all the axioms, independence is the most often discarded. A variety of generalized expected utility theories have arisen, most of which drop or relax the independence axiom."

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 24 October 2009 07:22:16PM *  0 points [-]

"Of all the axioms, independence is the most often discarded. A variety of generalized expected utility theories have arisen, most of which drop or relax the independence axiom."

The examples in the generalized expected utility link are descriptive theories of how humans are irrational money pumps. (The two bullet points after the sentence in wikipedia are examples of conventional utility functions; in that context the sentence is false.)

Comment author: timtyler 25 October 2009 06:22:11PM 0 points [-]

I'm not sure what the bullet points are doing there either - but I don't really see how they impact the original statement.

Comment author: ShardPhoenix 22 October 2009 10:20:13AM 0 points [-]

Reminds me of the parallel postulate - non-Euclidean utility?