GLOBAL-DETECTOR: Knowledge-based analysis and diagnosis of economical performance on dairy farms

  • Wil H. G. J. Hennen
  • D. W. de Hoop
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences book series (LNCIS, volume 174)


The financial performance of a farm is nowadays more dependent on the farmer's technical knowledge and management skills. To support management, microcumputer programs can be used.

The Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) developed the knowledge-based computer system GLOBAL-DETECTOR for globally analysing economical and technical bookkeeping-data and to give advice for improvement. This system, which software is programmed in the language muLISP, covers all returns and variable costs. For analysing the data, farm-adjusted standards are used. The acquisition and presentation of knowledge for the diagnosis of performance is done by a method (IMAGINE) which is developed especially for this research.

GLOBAL-DETECTOR supports decision-making. In this perspective, the extensive explanation-facilities possessed by the system are crucial. First experiences with the system seem positive. Although farmer's individual whishes and demands cannot be fulfilled casily with computer systems, GLOBAL-DETECTOR may be used on a large scale on account of the flexibility and user-friendliness.


Expert System Milk Production Variable Cost Dairy Farm Management Information System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wil H. G. J. Hennen
    • 1
  • D. W. de Hoop
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Animal HusbandryAgricultural Economics Research InstituteDen HaagHolland

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