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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Decision Support


Information and Communication Technologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Marko Bohanec
prof. dr. Bojan Cestnik


The aim of this course is to learn advanced methods, techniques and systems for supporting complex real-life decision-making tasks. Special emphasis is on learning and mastering methods of decision analysis and multi-criteria modeling, and their practical applications for solving complex decision problems.


decision making and decision support, decision process, components of decision making, taxonomy of decisions, disciplines related to decision making

Decision analysis:
modeling methods and techniques of decision analysis, decision making under risk and uncertainty, decision tables, decision trees, influence diagrams, multi-criteria models, MAUT (Multi-Attribute Utility Theory) methods, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), qualitative multi-criteria modeling (method DEX)

Advanced decision modeling methods:
integration of decision trees, influence diagrams and multi-criteria models, integration of data mining and decision modeling, integration of qualitative and quantitative modelling, probabilistic and confidence modelling, aggregation functions, decision model revision

Practical training:
practical use of selected decision support techniques and tools

Course literature:

Selected chapters from the following books:

• J. Figueira, S. Greco, and M. Ehrgott, Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis: State of the Art Surveys. Springer, 2005. ISBN 0-387-23067-X
• A. Ishizaka, and P. Nemery, Multi-criteria Decision Analysis: Methods and Software. Wiley, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-119-97407-9
• D. Mladenić, N. Lavrač, M. Bohanec, and S. Moyle, Eds. Data Mining and Decision Support: Integration and Collaboration. Kluwer 2003. ISBN 1-4020-7388-7
• M. Bohanec: Odločanje in modeli. DMFA - založništvo, 1. ponatis, 2012. ISBN 978-961-212-190-7
• M. Bohanec: DEXi: Program for Multi-Attribute Decision Making, User's Manual, Version 4.01. IJS Report DP-11739, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, 2014.
• R.T. Clemen, and T. Reilly. Making Hard Decisions with Decision Tools. 3rd Edition. Duxbury, 2013. ISBN 978-0538797573

Significant publications and references:

• M. Bohanec, Odločanje in modeli: 1. ponatis. DMFA - založništvo, 2012. ISBN 961-212-190-7
• M. Bohanec, et al:. The Co-Extra decision support system: A model-based integration of project results. Genetically modified and non-genetically modified food supply chains: Co-existence and traceability (ed. Bertheau, Y.), 461-489, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
• M. Bohanec, V. Rajkovič, I. Bratko, B. Zupan, and M. Žnidaršič: DEX methodology: Three decades of qualitative multi-attribute modelling. Informatica 37, 49-54, 2013.
• B. Cestnik, T. Urbančič, and I. Petrič: Ontological representations for supporting learning in business communities. In: Smrikarov, A. (ur.). e-Learningཇ : Proceedigs of the International Conference on e-Learning and the Knowledge Society, 25-26 August 2011, Bucharest, Romania. Bucharest: ASE Publishing House, 2011, pp. 260-265.
• B. Cestnik, N. Lavrač, F. Železny, D. Gamberger, L. Todorovski, and M. Kline: Data mining for decision support in marketing: a case study in targeting a marketing campaign. In: M. Bohanec (ed.), B. Kavšek (ed.), N. Lavrač (ed.), D. Mladenič (ed.). ECML/PKDD-2002 Workshop [Proceedings]: IDDM-2002. Helsinki: Helsinki University, 25-34, 2002.


Written or oral exam (50%)
Seminar work with oral defense (50%)

Students obligations:

Written or oral exam
Seminar work with oral defense