EXPERT SYSTEM INTERPRETER FOR A FARM MANAGEMENT LINEAR PROGRAM.
The objective of this research is to provide a tool to assist managers and researchers in farm machinery sizing and selection. The approach taken is to interface an expert system (ES) with a generalized farm management LP to facilitate interpretation of the LP solution and to aid in iterative analyses of alternate machinery sets. The ES/LP system features an improved procedure for estimating the value of a machinery change. The procedure accounts for the fact that a machinery change can alter numerous resource usage coefficients within the LP matrix. The expert system contains rules to interpret the LP outputs and to suggest potential machinery modifications to be tested by the LP for improved farm profitability.
author list (cited authors)
Bender, D. A., McCarl, B. A., Schueller, J. K., Kline, D. E., & Simon, S. H.