Decision systems: the relation between problem specification and mathematical analysis

Wessels, J. (1993). Decision systems: the relation between problem specification and mathematical analysis. In: User-Oriented Methodology and Techniques of Decision Analysis and Support. pp. 2-20 Germany: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-662-22587-5 10.1007/978-3-662-22587-5_1.

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In this paper it is demonstrated that automated support for decision making of a tactical or strategic nature requires a solver-independent medium for describing decision situations. Such a medium may be specific for one environment, but it is also possible to develop media for certain types of environments. By using such a medium one obtains a decoupling of problem formulation and method of analysis. This makes it possible to use (parts of) the problem formulation as input for different types of models. Such problem formulations may provide mathematical models themselves, although they might also contain some less formal features.

The decoupling makes it possible to choose problem formulations which are much closer to the original decision situation than would otherwise be possible with formulations in terms of a preselected solver. The argumentation is illustrated by treating a language for specifying goods flow problems in some detail. This language is based on timed colored Petri-nets.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of the International IIASA Workshop Held in Serock, Poland, September 9–13, 1991
Research Programs: Methodology of Decision Analysis (MDA)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 07:13
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