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Ch. 9
Building Model-Driven Decision Support Systems

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Model-Driven DSS Software

Products: Analytica 2.0

Developer: Lumina Decision Systems


It is a quantitative modeling software package that uses a graphical interface to develop a model. Capabilities include scenario analysis, influence diagrams, dimensional modeling, and risk analysis. Try it free for 30 days with the Analytica trial.

Product: DPL (Decision Programming Language)

Developer: Applied Decision Analysis, Inc. a subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers


A package implementing both decision trees and influence diagrams. Three versions are available: standard, advanced, and developer. A demonstration version that does not save models is available.

Product: Expert Choice

Developer: Expert Choice, Inc.


It is based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), a multi-criteria hierarchical decision-making approach. Expert Choice assists decision-makers by organizing complex problem-related information into a hierarchical model consisting of a goal, possible scenarios, criteria, and alternatives. The importance of criteria, preferences for alternatives, and likelihood of scenarios are evaluated by using the method of pairwise comparisons. Expert Choice then derives the priorities. Try the EC2000 trial version.

Products: ithink and Stella

Developer: High Performance Systems, Inc.


ithink software facilitates creating visual simulation models. Check the online case study and tutorial. You can download a disabled demo.

Additional Development Software


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