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Number of examiners Compliance
Low Normal High
One 50 50 50
Two 100 60 20
Three 150 70 -10

If she uses the Laplace criterion, how many new examiners will she decide to hire?

a. one
b. two
c. three
d. either one or two
e. either two or three

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Answer:

If she uses the Laplace criterion, the number of new examiners she will decide to hire is:

c. three

Step-by-step explanation:

a) Data:

Number of           Compliance

examiners     Low   Normal   High

One               50        50         50

Two              100        60         20

Three           150        70         -10

b) Outcome Calculations:

Number of                     Compliance

examiners            Low                      Normal                High

One              16.65 (50 *.333)     16.65 (50 *.333)     16.65 (50 *.333) =  50

Two              33.3 (100 *.333)      19.98 (60 *.333)      6.66 (20 *.333)  = 60

Three           49.95 (150 *.333)    23.31 (70 *.333)     -3.33 (-10 *.333) =  70

c) Decision:

Three has the highest payoff condition and is selected.

d) The Laplace criterion assumes that each compliance state is equally likely to happen.  Therefore, it assigns the same weight to each state of compliance.  Since there are three states of compliance, we shall assign each state a weight of 0.333.  The number of examiners that have the highest payoff condition is three, and therefore, the number "three" is selected.

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