General Methodology and Problems in Assessment of Decision Support Systems

  • R. P. A. M. Smeets
  • J. L. Talmon
  • R. O’Moore
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 40)


The development of knowledge based systems (KBSs) is facing the same problem as conventional software has been facing in the past. Obtaining the requirements (conditions or capabilities needed by the user to solve a problem or obtain an objective) and the specifications (contractual definitions of the system based on analysis of the user requirements) from the user has been one of the main problems in conventional software development. Proper system analysis and structured design have alleviated part of these problems [1]. By combining structured design methods such as KADS [2] with appropriate parts of conventional software design methodologies will at least be a good starting point for getting the specifications right. Since the system can not be better than the specifications the assessment of the system should start at an as early phase of the development as possible and hence be an integrated part of system development.


Decision Support System User Requirement Software Testing System Life Cycle Conventional Software 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. A. M. Smeets
    • 1
  • J. L. Talmon
    • 2
  • R. O’Moore
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of LimburgMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Medical Informatics and StatisticsUniversity of LimburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Central Laboratories, St. James HospitalTrinity College DublinIreland

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