Analysis and Design of Advice

Authors: Jureta, Ivan

  • Treats advice as a general design artifact, independent of the application domain
  • Rejects unrealistic assumptions of classical decision theory about perfect rationality and exact numerical quantitative estimates of probability
  • Innovatively combines elements from management science, computer science, and mathematical logic
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About this book

Advice involves recommendations on what to think; through thought, on what to choose; and via choices, on how to act. Advice is information that moves by communication, from advisors to the recipient of advice.

Ivan Jureta offers a general way to analyze advice. The analysis applies regardless of what the advice is about and from whom it comes or to whom it needs to be given, and it concentrates on the production and consumption of advice independent of the field of application. It is made up of two intertwined parts, a conceptual analysis and an analysis of the rationale of advice. He premises that giving advice is a design problem and he treats advice as an artifact designed and used to influence decisions.

What is unusual is the theoretical backdrop against which the author’s discussions are set: ontology engineering, conceptual analysis, and artificial intelligence. While classical decision theory would be expected to play a key role, this is not the case here for one principal reason: the difficulty of having relevant numerical, quantitative estimates of probability and utility in most practical situations. Instead conceptual models and mathematical logic are the author’s tools of choice.

The book is primarily intended for graduate students and researchers of management science. They are offered a general method of analysis that applies to giving and receiving advice when the decision problems are not well structured, and when there is imprecise, unclear, incomplete, or conflicting qualitative information.

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"[...] The back cover notes that the book is intended for graduate students and researchers in management science. The [emphasis] is on sociopolitical-economic analysis to derive the fundamental concepts. The initial chapters have meta-level discussions. The later chapters are more mathematical and computing oriented. [...] Professionals working on automation in management will find the book a useful resource. [...]" ACM Computing Reviews, Maulik A. Dave, March 2012


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Jureta, Ivan

    Pages 1-5

  • Coordination and Advice

    Jureta, Ivan

    Pages 7-46

  • Conceptual Analysis of Advice

    Jureta, Ivan

    Pages 47-114

  • Interpretation of Advice

    Jureta, Ivan

    Pages 115-139

  • Kinds of Advice

    Jureta, Ivan

    Pages 141-205

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Analysis and Design of Advice
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-18059-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-18059-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-18058-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42747-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 301
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