We present new axiomatisations for various models of binary stochastic choice that may be characterised as “expected utility maximisation with noise”. These include axiomatisations of strictly (Ryan 2018a) and simply (Tversky and Russo, 1969) scalable models, plus strict (Ryan, 2015) and strong (Debreu, 1958) Fechner models. Our axiomatisations complement the important contributions of Blavatskyy (2008) and Dagsvik (2008). Our representation theorems set all models on a common axiomatic foundation, progressively augmented by additional axioms necessary to characterise successively more restrictive models. The key is a decomposition of Blavatskyyis (2008) common consequence independence axiom into two parts: one that underwrites the linearity of utility and another that underwrites the Fechnerian structure of noise. This decomposition is also useful for testing Fechnerian models, as we discuss.

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