Planning for success: The interdisciplinary approach to building Bayesian models

Alex Dekhtyar, Judy Goldsmith, Beth Goldstein, Krol Kevin Mathias, Cynthia Isenhour

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This paper describes a process by which anthropologists, computer scientists, and social welfare case managers collaborated to build a stochastic model of welfare advising in Kentucky. In the process of collaboration, the research team rethought the Bayesian network model of Markov decision processes and designed a new knowledge elicitation format. We expect that this model will have wide applicability in other domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-428
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Approximate Reasoning
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was partly supported by NSF Grant ITR-0325063. The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not represent the Foundation, the University, or any social welfare offices. We thank Russell Almond for enabling communication between the computer scientists and social scientists about bowties, and we thank Joan Mazur for her work on the design of the HLE interface and her discussions of SCOT theory with several of the coauthors.


  • Bayesian networks
  • Human-centered design
  • Knowledge elicitation
  • Planning
  • Social construction of technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Mathematics


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