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A decision support system model for subjective decisions


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Malhotra, V 2001 , 'A decision support system model for subjective decisions', paper presented at the Third Internatioanl Conf. on Enterprise Information Systems, July 7-10, 2001, Setubal, Portugal.

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Modern government and business units routinely collect and store structured data of general interest to them. In the course of their operations, these organisations often need to take decisions that do not directly follow from the available data. Specialised managerial skills are needed to interpret the data and derive useful conclusions. Subjective assumptions and judgments are made by the mangers to interpret the data. Where the data volume is large, it may be difficult to sift the data, as the managerial skills may not be available for the repeated evaluation of every entity in the database. A decision support system is needed that can be easily reprogrammed to cater for the subjective judgments and biases of the decision-makers. In this paper, we develop a model for a decision support system to identify promising entities based on the subjective preferences. The model can easily be integrated with a relational database system/tool such as Microsoft Access to examine entities in the database and to highlight those that have superior potential based on the decision-makers subjective judgments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Malhotra, V
Keywords: Decision support system, Analytic hierarchy process, Databases, Subjective judgment.
Publisher: ICEIS Press
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