Artifact Details

Title

Decision Tables Make for Better Decisions

Catalog Number

500001028

Type

Text

Date

2016-06

Contributor

Grad, Burt, author

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Format

PDF

Description

Burt Grad describes how he created and used Decision Tables to help to accurately represent complex decision logic for computer programming and for understanding complicated decision rules. The use of a tabular format rather than flow charts, logic trees or Boolean algebra turned out to be an effective way for program designers to effectively communicate with and record the logic used by engineers, accountants and factory planners. The result was the ability to insure that all possible combinations of decision conditions and the resulting actions were accounted for and that ambiguities and inconsistencies could be identified and corrected.

Subject

Decision Tables; Evans, Orren; General Electric; Integrated Systems Project; Kavanaugh, Tom; Production Control Services; TABSOL

Credit

Courtesy of Burton Grad

Lot Number

R0361.2016