Random Utility Theory for Social Choice

  title={Random Utility Theory for Social Choice},
  author={Hossein Azari Soufiani and David C. Parkes and Lirong Xia},
Random utility theory models an agent’s preferences on alternatives by drawing a real-valued score on each alternative (typically independently) from a parameterized distribution, and then ranking the alternatives according to scores. A special case that has received significant attention is the Plackett-Luce model, for which fast inference methods for maximum likelihood estimators are available. This paper develops conditions on general random utility models that enable fast inference within a… CONTINUE READING
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