FINDS: Farm-level intelligent decision support system
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A Farm-level INtelligent Decision Support system, FINDS, for farm machinery selection and management is presented. FINDS combines the analytical strengths of (linear programming) LP and simulation with a knowledge-based expert system. The knowledge domain of FINDS contains facts and rules about LP modeling, simulation modeling, and interpretation of relevant outputs in terms of machinery management. In FINDS, machinery management involves the optimal selection of farm machinery and scheduling of machinery operation activities. The knowledge base of FINDS has full access to a farm-level LP analysis system and a companion farm simulation model. By integrating symbolic knowledge with the quantative power of LP and simulation, FINDS can automate LP model development, generate simulation code and specify the appropriate input data. Additional aspects of the subject are discussed.
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Kline, D. E., Bender, D. A., & McCarl, B. A.