Are you one of those human beings who are hard pressed whenever they have to make a decision? It can be about basic things like asking a girl out, what you want to eat for dinner or if you should buy a new household item. It could also be about life changing things like jobs, moving or buying larger items like cars or apartments.
A computer program helping in the decision making could be an asset as long as there are criteria that can be weighted. To give an example. The question about the next summer vacation could be broken down in criteria like temperature, beach access, distance, costs and information on how to value the parameters. For temperature it could be the higher the better, beach access should be yes, distance should be as low as possible and costs as well.
The locations would then be added as options and values assigned to every criteria. Option 1 could be Sweden with a mean temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, beach access, 1800 kilometers distance and a total cost of 1200 Dollar per person. Option 2 could be Madagascar with a mean temperature of 35 degrees, 2600 kilometers distance and a total cost of $1500 Dollar per person.
The computer would then compute the results and present them to the user. Decision Oven is that program. It can do everything that has been mentioned so far.
The application will display a total score and rank the options accordingly. It is of course up to you to convince your girlfriend to postpone the marriage because the computer said so.
It needs to be noted that you need to find criteria and weighting options that make sense. It does not make sense for instance to add an item to the list of available options if it does not meet required criteria. It may also very well be that you come to a decision while you are creating the list.
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