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Inductive Model Analysis Systems: Enhancing Model Analysis in Decision Support Systems

Ramesh Sharda and David M. Steiger
Information Systems Research
Vol. 7, No. 3 (September 1996), pp. 328-341
Published by: INFORMS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23010988
Page Count: 14
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Inductive Model Analysis Systems: Enhancing Model Analysis in Decision Support Systems
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Abstract

After building and validating a decision support model, the decision maker frequently solves (often many times) different instances of the model. That is, by changing various input parameters and rerunning different model instances, the decision maker develops insight(s) into the workings and tradeoffs of the complex system represented by the model. The purpose of this paper is to explore inductive model analysis as a means of enhancing the decision maker's capabilities to develop insight(s) into the business environment represented by the model. The justification and foundation for inductive model analysis is based on three distinct literatures: 1) the cognitive science (theory of learning) literature, 2) the decision support system literature, and 3) the model management system literature. We also propose the integration of several technologies that might help the modeler gain insight(s) from the analysis of multiple model instances. Then we report on preliminary tests of a prototype built using the architecture proposed in this paper. The paper concludes with a discussion of several research questions. Much of the previous MIS/DSS and management science research has focused on model formulation and solution. This paper posits that it is time to give more attention to enhancing model analysis.

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