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Decisions that Refer to the Definition Section (DPL Code)

Decisions that Refer to the Definition Section (DPL Code)

You specify a decision in the sequence of events with the keyword decide or the keyword phrases make a decision, make a max decision, or make a min decision. The first three are equivalent. You can use the one that makes the program easiest to read. They identify a decision in which the objective is to maximize the expected value or utility of its alternatives.

The keyword phrase make a min decision identifies a decision in which the objective is to minimize the expected value associated with its alternatives. This type of decision applies to analyses in which you enter costs as positive numbers. Normally, all the decisions in an analysis either maximize or minimize expected values. However, DPL allows you to specify both types of decisions in the same analysis. You might want to alternate decisions that maximize and minimize expected values in a model of the choices of two competing decision makers.

Following the keyword decide or the keyword phrases make a decision, make a max decision, or make a min decision, you identify each alternative (or group of alternatives) with the keywords on, to, or about. You can use whichever keyword makes the program easiest to read, and you can use different keywords with different alternatives of the same decision.

decide
   to Release_Product.Yes ...
   to Release_Product.No ...

Versions: DPL Professional, DPL Enterprise, DPL Portfolio

See Also

The Sequence Section

The Definition Section