Designing a power tool for policy analysts: dynamic actor network analysis

P.W.G. Bots, M.J.W. Van Twist, R. Van Duin
Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences. 1999. HICSS-32. Abstracts and CD-ROM of Full Papers  
For policy analysts, knowledge about the values and opinions of the actors involved in a decision making situation are more important than knowledge about the factors in such a situation. Finding out how actors perceive a situation, or -to be more realistic -reflecting on the consequences if actor perceptions were such-andso, may well be the primary task of a policy analyst. In this paper, we present a conceptual modeling approach to actor network analysis, and a computerized support tool we
more » ... in the process of developing. The modeling language is based on the policy network paradigm and embodies concepts from cognitive mapping and linguistic approaches to approximate reasoning. The present tool design includes support for 'gut feeling analysis', graphical rendering of perceptions, and a range of analytic queries.
doi:10.1109/hicss.1999.772627 dblp:conf/hicss/BotsTD99 fatcat:es6zioffhvefbmv4hqbdp6rpgu