Publication Type: Journal Article
Source: Information &Security : An International Journal, Volume 2, p.50-54. (1999)
A canonical design method was applied to the task of building a system to classify airborne targets according to their threat status and the appropriate response from an Integrated Air Defense System. The nature of the data base made the classification task (understandably) difficult. However, partial disclosure of the deterministic algorithm used to classify targets made the classification task even more difficult, contrary to intuition. The inadequacy of intuition is a compelling reason for using canonical methods to design for decision making systems.