An architecture for integrating expert systems

Niall M. Fraser, Keith W. Hipel, D. Marc Kilgour, Michael D. McNeese, Daniel E. Snyder

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A conflict resolver is developed for mediating disputes arising among competing expert systems (ESs). The conflict resolver constitutes the key component of an overall decision support system designed for controlling a complex system or supporting the decision making of a human operator within the system. When competing ESs make conflicting recommendations for controlling the system, the conflict resolver uses a Delphi-like mediation to achieve a compromise solution. The mathematical framework for the comprehensive conflict resolution system is defined formally, and it is proven that the conflict resolver always reaches a consistent recommendation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-276
Number of pages14
JournalDecision Support Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management


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