Full text: Algebraic decomposition of individual choice behavior

havior and may prove fruitful in domains with few indifferent alternatives 
such as named alternatives. In general, the number of ear dicycles proved to 
be a better measure of inconsistency. Their numbers increased linearly with 
the size of the strong components and discriminated better between block de¬ 
signs than dicycles. It is concluded that the sequence of intransitive choices 
as employed by the ear decomposition offers a valid way to capture adaptive 
choice behavior in a quantitative way. 
In summary, there is evidence that adaptive choice behavior is reflected 
in inconsistent choice behavior. Inconsistency may be induced by systematic 
arrangements of choice-trials but different results were obtained for familiar 
named alternatives and unfamiliar multiattribute alternatives. It is concluded 
that inconsistency is efficiently characterized in terms of ear dicycles.

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