Type of Document Dissertation Author Aggarwal, Ajay K. URN etd-07132007-143148 Title On developing an expert system : a knowledge base for GP formulation and analysis Degree PhD Department Accounting and Information Systems Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Clayton, Edward R. Committee Chair Baker, Joanna R. Committee Member Moore, Laurence J. Committee Member Rakes, Terry R. Committee Member Rees, Loren Paul Committee Member Sumichrast, Robert T. Committee Member Keywords
- Expert systems (Computer science)
- Multiple criteria decision making.
- Decision support systems.
Date of Defense 1991-01-10 Availability restricted Abstract
An expert system approach to help OR naive users formulate and solve goal programs is proposed. The approach is demonstrated for single product blending problems using VP-Expert as the developmental tool. Results of a study using undergraduate and graduate business students to test the expert system effectiveness are provided.
An expert system determines the problem type using a taxonomy based upon problem context. Each problem type possesses distinct characteristics. Characteristics of twenty-four different problem types are discussed.
Formulation of constraints using problem characteristics is demonstrated. The expert system uses constraint information to assist users in goal selection. Goal structures are constructed using a pairwise comparison technique.
Solution values, recommendations based upon sensitivity analysis, and trade-offs between conflicting goals are provided to the user. A feedback loop permitting model changes and reiteration of solution and recommendation steps is provided.
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