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Texas Oil owns a parcel of land that has the potential for containing much oil, some oil, or no oil underground. The company needs to decide whether or not to drill on this parcel. The payoffs are as follows in millions of dollars:
Texas Oil can do a geological test that costs $ 100,000 to determine the likelihood of finding oil underground. The results of the test can be positive, undecided, or negative. If there is much oil underground, the probabilities of the test being positive, undecided, and negative are as follows:
Positive = 0.90
Undecided = 0.05
Negative = 0.05
If there is some oil underground, the probabilities of the test being positive, undecided, and negative are as follows:
Positive = 0.02
Undecided = 0.92
Negative = 0.06
If there is no oil underground, the probabilities of the test being positive, undecided, and negative are as follows:
Positive = 0.04
Undecided = 0.05
Negative = 0.91
a. Choose the best drilling option for Texas Oil under these conditions.
b. What is the most that Texas Oil should pay for the geological test?


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