Problem Definition

Problem definition in any decision-making process begins with the recognition and definition of a decision problem. Broadly defined, the decision problem is a perceived difference between the desired and existing states of a system. The role of the decision maker is to examine the gap between the desired and existing states of the system. Problem definition is often based on analyses of attribute maps. These attribute maps can then be used for creating the hierarchical structure of evaluation criteria in the Intelligence phase. Problem definition can also be viewed as the starting point of the Condition Assessment phase.

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