Introducing Complex Decision Models to the Decision Maker with Computer Software – The Profile Distance Method (PDM)
Edward Bernroider, Nikolaus Obwegeser, Volker Stix
In this paper we demonstrate how the profile distance method
was transformed into a software environment enabling the
decision maker to utilize a complex decision making tool
without any advanced knowledge of the underlying
mathematical and technical features. We present theoretical and
technical aspects as well as contextual and usage related
information from the viewpoint of the decision maker.
Preliminary empirical results suggest that the developed
software component is effective in terms of platform
independence, usability and intuitive interface design. The data
showed a good rating for usefulness, which, however, was
targeted as the main goal for further development.