ERIC Number: ED254921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Validating Multivariate Decision Modeling for Educational Planning.
Wholeben, Brent Edward
Complex decision-making environments often demand that a range of alternative strategies be identified and compared for their shared value in achieving desired ends. Simple parametric statistical procedures such as analysis of variance and discriminant function analysis can be used in such situations to compare (using selected criteria) the value of one set of decisions over another. The Multiple Alternatives Model (MAM), formulated by the author in 1978, is described as a system of linear equalities and inequalities, whose dependent variables (the "unknowns") are the various alternatives being evaluated for possible entry into the final solution set, and whose coefficients are criterion values that constrain the comparison and contrast of these alternatives during evaluation. This paper discusses the use of this model in various decision-making contexts. Topics discussed include validation of criteria-based decision-making, structure of alternatives in decision-making, content and process considerations, statistical utilities for decision model validation, tools and mechanics of MAM decision validation, and special considerations in hierarchical model validation. A 16-item list of selected readings and references is included. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Decision Support Systems; Multiple Alternatives Model
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Educational Planning (New Orleans, LA, October 17-19, 1984).