Balancing the elicitation burden and the richness of expert input when quantifying discrete Bayesian networks

Martine J. Barons, Steven Mascaro, Anca M. Hanea

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Structured expert judgment (SEJ) is a method for obtaining estimates of uncertain quantities from groups of experts in a structured way designed to minimize the pervasive cognitive frailties of unstructured approaches. When the number of quantities required is large, the burden on the groups of experts is heavy, and resource constraints may mean that eliciting all the quantities of interest is impossible. Partial elicitations can be complemented with imputation methods for the remaining, unelicited quantities. In the case where the quantities of interest are conditional probability distributions, the natural relationship between the quantities can be exploited to impute missing probabilities. Here we test the Bayesian intelligence interpolation method and its variations for Bayesian network conditional probability tables, called “InterBeta.” We compare the various outputs of InterBeta on two cases where conditional probability tables were elicited from groups of experts. We show that interpolated values are in good agreement with experts' values and give guidance on how InterBeta could be used to good effect to reduce expert burden in SEJ exercises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1196-1234
Number of pages39
JournalRisk Analysis
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Bayesian network
  • expert elicitation burden
  • InterBeta
  • structured expert judgment
  • uncertainty

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