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GLADWIN 50 Corn + frijol + haba, wheat, potatoes, vegetables, fruit trees, monocrop of frijol, monocrop of haba, coffee + avocado 1 Demand Do you eat or can you sell crop X in a nearby market or to a merchant? — No —• Eliminate crop X - No - * Eliminate crop X I Yes 1 Altitude, soils Does crop X yield well at your altitude, on your soils? I Yes 1 Water requirements Do you have irrigation or land moist enough to plant crop X? — No- Eliminate crop X — No —> Eliminate crop X - No —*• Eliminate crop X — No —• Eliminate crop X • No- Eliminate crop X I Yes Knowledge i Do you know how to plant crop X?
In the fourth section, decision-tree models of several agricultural decisions made in Alabama, Guatemala, and Puebla, Mexico, are presented. The reader should note that some mathematical symbols are used to formalize the theory in the second and third sections. The reader who is intimidated by mathematical language can ignore the symbols and still understand the choice process, given the written explanation and numerous examples. Outline of the Theory The theory assumes, following Lancaster (1966, 1971) and Tversky (1972), that an alternative is a set of characteristics or aspects.