Title: A more general comparison of the decision table and tree
Authors: Subramanian, G ×
Nosek, J
Vanthienen, Jan
MacLean, D #
Issue Date: 1994
Series Title: Communications of the Acm vol:37 issue:2 pages:109-113
Abstract: An experimental study comparing 2 decision representations for depicting conditional logic - decision tables versus decision trees - is discussed. One comment to this study is that, while agreeing that the representation medium as a vehicle for decision making and modeling is important, the experiments reflect some important shortcomings, including: 1. The comparison is not fair. 2. The decision table and tree are incomplete. 3. The decision tree concept is too narrow to attach general conclusions. 4. There may be more relevant comparisons to consider in this domain. Another comment to this study is that the test provides statistical evidence that the tree is a better decision aid for the interpretation of conditional logic. Furthermore, the decision table accompanying the study is neither correct nor complete. In response to these comments, 3 ideas are discussed: 1. The use of undergraduate student subjects and conclusions drawn from them. 2. The construction of the table and the tree. 3. Partial indifference and the goodness of the example
ISSN: 0001-0782
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center for Management Informatics (LIRIS), Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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