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International Journal of Decision Support Systems

International Journal of Decision Support Systems (IJDSS)

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International Journal of Decision Support Systems (2 papers in press)

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  • Towards compliance-based inspection modelling   Order a copy of this article
    by Ana Calderon, Simon Parkinson 
    Abstract: We propose to move towards a risk-profiling approach to determine inspection strategies, with the aim of targeting audit of buildings that have a higher chance of being problematic. Historical data suggests that compliance of responsible persons (those in charge of ensuring fire safety at a particular dwelling) is an important factor in likelihood of danger, but it is presently overlooked in inspection models. With the goal of incorporating compliance in decisions of what and when to inspect, we construct game theoretic models for inspections, encompassing compliance likelihood of responsible persons. The (action-based) game theoretic representations serve to enable the construction of combinatorial optimisation algorithms (algorithms for finding the optimal solution to problems where exhaustive searches are an impossibility), capable of deliberative search to identify optimal sequences of inspections. This paper presents a case study on Compliance, some statistical findings, then followed by the conceptual game-theoretical modelling.
    Keywords: South Wales fire and rescue service; game theory; fire inspection; compliance-based inspections; compliance; automatic planning techniques; fire and rescue; fire regulations; decision-making; reducing fire risk.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDSS.2021.10043274

Special Issue on: Euro 21 Intelligent Decision Support Methods

  • A systematic approach to problem formulation in a decision support system   Order a copy of this article
    by Christian Hannes, Rüdiger Von Nitzsch 
    Abstract: Formulating a decision statement is the foundation for systematically solving a decision. In ill-defined decisions, formulating is particularly difficult. Therefore, a decision analyst helps with formulating the problem. Some decision-makers may not afford a decision analyst but need help formulating. We designed a decision support system (DSS) that systemises problem structuring methods (PSMs) to support problem formulation. These PSMs were combined with multi-attributive utility theory (MAUT) in the DSS Entscheidungsnavi. Helping to formulate a decision statement means helping to improve understanding of the decision. Therefore, we measure how the DSS helped to enhance the decision-makers’ understanding. We employ the criteria of right scope, preciseness of the decision statement, and users’ written feedback. We used the Entscheidungsnavi in an empirical study with 850 students. It helped in 87% of all cases. In 552 cases, the subjects improved their decision statement, and 190 participants did not change their decision statement but wrote that their understanding improved.
    Keywords: problem formulation; decision support systems; DSS; problem structuring; problem structuring methods; PSM; Entscheidungsnavi.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDSS.2022.10048111