Analysis of Sustainability Decision Trees Generated by Qualitative Models Based on Equationless Heuristics
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Sustainability processes are complex and therefore ill-known, inconsistent, and subjective, and must be studied despite a shortage of information. It is prohibitively difficult to study them on quantitative levels using quantitative methods. The presented qualitative approach enables us to solve these issues. There are just three values used to describe the qualitative variables and their derivatives, plus/increasing, zero/constant, and negative/decreasing. An n-dimensional equation-less qualitative model is a set of pairwise relations. Such relations represent a shallow knowledge of the sustainability systems being studied. The solution of the qualitative model is a set of scenarios. The behaviour of this model is described by all of the possible transitions among these scenarios. A decision maker can easily compile a decision tree if he/she knows all of the possible transitions. The generated tree can be evaluated using traditional methods if all of the relevant probabilities are known. Otherwise, some heuristics are used to evaluate the best decision.
KeywordsSustainability, equation-less qualitative model, decision tree, information shortage, heuristics.
Document typePeer reviewed
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SourceSustainability. 2018, vol. 10, issue 7, p. 1-18.