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Decision Support


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT3) / Informacijske in komunikacijske tehnologije (IKT3)


Podpora pri odločanju / Decision Support

Schedule for 2020/21

In 2020/21, the course will be given through an introductory lecure and two consulatation sessions:

  1. 03.11.2020: Marko Bohanec: Introduction to Decision Support.
  2. 08.04.2020, 13:00-16:00 (Zoom):
    Marko Bohanec:
  3. 28.04.2021, 13:00-16:00 (Zoom):
    Marko Bohanec:

Individual Consultations

Additional individual consultations will take place throughout 2020/21. Please arrange the consultation individually through e-mail to Marko Bohanec.

Examinations and Practical Assignment Presentations


Course Slides in English

  1. Decision Support: Study Requirements and Procedure
  2. Decision Support: An Overview
  3. Decision Analysis: Decision tables, decision-making under uncertainty, decision trees, influence diagrams
  4. Decision Analysis: Multi-attribute models; Kepner-Tregoe, AHP, DEXi
  5. Advanced Topics: Classification of methods, aggregation and value functions, data mining and decision support, HINT

Required Reading

Slovene-speaking students

English-speaking students

Bohanec, M.: Decision Making: A Computer-Science and Information-Technology Viewpoint. Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems 7(2), 22-37, 2009.

Bohanec, M., Rajkovič, V., Bratko, I., Zupan, B., Žnidaršič, M.: DEX methodology: Three decades of qualitative multi-attribute modelling. Informatica 37, 49-54, 2013.

Bohanec, M.: DEXi: Program for Multi-Attribute Decision Making, User's Manual, Version 5.00. IJS Report DP-11897, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, 2015.

Decision trees: a book chapter on decision trees

Multi-Attribute Decision Models: a book chapter on MCDA software

Method AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process) and supporting software:
Students are requested to find the corresponding teaching materials on their own.

Applications: a paper describing a specific application (evaluating researchers)

Supplementary Reading

Requirements and procedure

  1. Practical assignment:
  2. Examinations consist of two parts:
    1. A 60-minute Written Exam
    2. A 10-15 minute oral presentation and defense of each student's practical assignment (supported by slides)
  3. For passing the examinations, both parts have to be evaluated positively. Each part contributes 50 % to the final evaluation.

Written Exam

Written exam takes 60 minutes. Questions address topics from the required literature, from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. See DS_Exam_Example.pdf

For theoretical questions, see DS_Questions.pdf. For practical questions, you can expect typical model-development exercises from the literature.

Practical Assignment

There are three principal types of practical assignments; each student may freely choose one:

The topic of each practical assignment should be pre-arranged in agreement with the professor.

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Last update: 2021-04-30