Accession Number : ADA134109

Title :   On Some Issues Concerning Optimization and Decision Trees.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : ARIZONA STATE UNIV TEMPE GROUP FOR COMPUTER STUDIES OF STRATEGIES

Personal Author(s) : Findler,Nicholas V ; Belofsky,Michael S ; Bickmore,Timothy W

PDF Url : ADA134109

Report Date : Jan 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The authors describe the context and the constituent modules of a large-scale programming system, the Quasi-Optimizer. Its objectives are (a) to observe and measure adversaries' behavior in a competitive environment, to infer their strategies and to construct a computer model, a descriptive theory of each; (b) to identify strategy components, evaluate their effectiveness and to select the most satisfactory ones from a set of descriptive theories; (c) to combine these components in a quasi-optimum strategy that represents a normative theory in the statistical sense. Also discussed are certain properties of decision trees which are the primary representational structures of strategies in the computer. The verification of these properties, such as identity, equivalence and similarity between two decision subtrees, enable us to eliminate redundancies in the decision trees.

Descriptors :   *Optimization, *Decision theory, *Computers, *Mathematical models, Computer architecture, Modular construction, Strategy, Statistical decision theory, Normalizing(Statistics), Learning, Planning, Comparison, Systems analysis, Computerized simulation, Computer programming

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability
      Operations Research
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE