Faculty Publications

Title

Analytics, bias, and evidence: the quest for rational decision making

Document Type

Article

Keywords

analytics, cognition and reasoning, collaborative decision models, decision support, Decision support systems

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Decision Systems

Volume

28

Issue

2

First Page

120

Last Page

137

Abstract

Evidence-based decision making seems both desirable and rational. New analytical tools for investigating ‘big data’ promise to provide additional unbiased evidence. Concurrently, technological advances for improving decision making reopen issues related to facts, biases, and beliefs. For many years, decision support systems and technologies have had the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of human decision-making processes, fostering rational thinking, and avoiding biases and errors. Recently, cognitive neuroscience research has highlighted issues of implicit cognition, physiological and naturalistic processes, and the impact of social cues as elements of human thought. Decision support builders and data scientists must consider a broader range of issues, including issues of knowledge and belief, social factors, and technical capabilities when developing cognitive, analytical, and decision support systems.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2019

DOI of published version

10.1080/12460125.2019.1623534

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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