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10IPT: Decisions In Different Domains

posted May 15, 2013, 2:48 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Jun 6, 2013, 4:29 PM by Unknown user ]
We are used to the fact that an expert decision-maker in one area of life may not be an expert decision-maker in another area. It is just the same with decision support systems; very different scenarios and kinds of logic apply to different fields of work and different spheres of life. 

For the questions below, consider these different domains:
  • Restaurant
  • Forensic investigation
  • Bank loan approval
  • Stock market
  • Disaster relief
And here are the questions!
  1. Outline three specific problems or situations that would be faced by people in each area where a DSS could provide help in the decision-making process (provide one that is structured, one that is semi-structured and one that is unstructured).

  2. Describe how each of the four DSS types can be used to address these kinds of problems. (For examples of how this will work in the medical area, refer back to the article "Decision Support - a little history".

  3. Research and describe two concrete examples of DSSs used in these areas. (NB. It will be more difficult, or practically unfeasible, to find examples for some areas mentioned above. Despite this, make an effort to identify examples across the areas, and make sure that they vary in terms of their type and complexity.)
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