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Jožef Stefan
International
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
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Email: info@mps.si

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Course Description

Decision Support

Program

Information and Communication Technologies, third-level study programme

Lecturers:

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

Goals:

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.

Content:

Introduction:
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.

Examination:

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

Students obligations:

Written or oral exam
Seminar work with oral defense

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