Stochastic dominance in an ordinal world

Yishay Spector*, Moshe Leshno, Moshe Ben Horin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Existing stochastic dominance rules apply to variables such as income, wealth and rates of return, all of which are measured on cardinal scales. This study develops and applies stochastic dominance rules for ordinal data. It is shown that the new rules are consistent with the traditional von Neumann-Morgenstern expected utility approach, and that they are applicable and relevant in a wide variety of managerial decision making situations, where existing stochastic dominance rules fail to apply. We apply ordinal SD rules to the transformation of random variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-627
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 20 Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Ordinal preference of outcomes
  • Ordinal stochastic dominance
  • Transformation of variables


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