Building Decision Support Systems

using MiniZinc

Authors: Wallace, Mark

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  • Introduces the principles of intelligent decision support systems
  • Explains the techniques for building intelligent decision support systems as well as the risks involved and how to tackle them
  • Provides numerous helpful tips on practical problems like the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, and their scalability
  • Complemented by plentiful examples using MiniZinc, a free, open-source constraint programming language
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This book introduces readers to the principles of intelligent decision support systems (IDSS) and how to build them with MiniZinc, a free, open-source constraint programming language. Managing an IDSS project requires an understanding of the system’s design and behaviour.  The book enables readers to appreciate what “combinatorial” optimisation problems are, and how modelling a problem provides the basis for solving it. It also presents the main algorithms for tackling decision support problems, discusses their strengths and weaknesses, and explores ways of achieving the necessary scalability when problems become big.  Moreover, to support the learning process it allows readers to try out the ideas described in the text on model applications and puzzles.

The book highlights the potential benefits of deploying an IDSS.  It enables users to recognise the key risks involved and identify which techniques can be applied to minimise them, and to understand the decision support technology sufficiently in order to manage or monitor an IDSS project. It also helps readers distinguish between good sense and mere jargon when dealing with anyone involved in an IDSS project, from sales personnel to software implementers. As such it especially appeals to graduate students and advanced professionals who need to learn how to build an IDSS and to tackle the problems on the way.


About the authors

Mark Wallace is a leader in discrete optimisation at the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia. He spent 21 years at the UK computer manufacturer ICL, moving from global marketing, to development, and finally to research.  At Imperial College London he led the Constraint Programming team, whose software was purchased by Cisco Systems.  In Australia, he founded the  company Opturion, to productise and deploy a constraint modelling system now used in Australia’s leading logistics companies. His research  tackles the integration of multiple optimisation techniques and algorithms and their  application to solving complex resource planning and scheduling problems.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building Decision Support Systems
Book Subtitle
using MiniZinc
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41732-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41732-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-41731-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 224
Number of Illustrations
46 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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