A Language for Planning with Statistics [article]

Nathaniel G. Martin, James F. Allen
2013 arXiv   pre-print
When a planner must decide whether it has enough evidence to make a decision based on probability, it faces the sample size problem. Current planners using probabilities need not deal with this problem because they do not generate their probabilities from observations. This paper presents an event based language in which the planner's probabilities are calculated from the binomial random variable generated by the observed ratio of one type of event to another. Such probabilities are subject to
more » ... rror, so the planner must introspect about their validity. Inferences about the probability of these events can be made using statistics. Inferences about the validity of the approximations can be made using interval estimation. Interval estimation allows the planner to avoid making choices that are only weakly supported by the planner's evidence.
arXiv:1303.5731v1 fatcat:55v2nqk7kfddxpbw5l623lsm3y