DMN 1.1 Issues: Aggregation

DMN defines “aggregation” in the following way:

“Multiple hits must be aggregated into a single result. DMN 1.0 specifies six aggregation indicators, namely: collect, sum, min, max, average. Optionally, the aggregation indicator may be included in the table. The default is collect.”

Below is a list of my issues with this DMN 1.0 approach. Continue reading

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DMN 1.1 Issues: Multi-Hit Decision Tables

In an ideal world we would limit ourselves to Single-Hit decision tables that cover all possible combinations of the involved decision variables. However, DMN rightfully introduced so called “multiple hit” (or “multi-hit”) decision tables to stay closer to the decision modeling reality. Continue reading

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Enhanced Live Catalogs at DMCommunity.org

A few years ago, I wrote a web application that allowed professional communities to support Live Catalogs of different software tools. The “live” means that a product catalog is automatically updated whenever the profiles of products included into the catalog are added or updated by their authors. Continue reading

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Decision Model “Vehicle Insurance – UServ Product Derby”

As a response to the DMCommunity.org challenge, I will describe an OpenRules-based implementation of the highly popular use case known as “UServ Product Derby”. The use case deals with automobile insurance problems including eligibility and pricing decisions for a hypothetical insurance company “UServ”. Its detailed description can be found here. Our implementation may be considered as another complex-enough example of the DMN approach. Continue reading

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Decision “Determine a Killer of Aunt Agatha”

Could we use decision tables to represent and solve complex logical problems? An example of such problem was offered by the DMCommunity.org in the Nov-2014 Challenge called “Who Killed Agatha“. Continue reading

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Resolving Conflicts among Business Rules

Contradictory business rules occur in normal business situations, and maintaining rules with exceptions is a very typical example of rule conflicts. Is it possible to automatically resolve such conflicts? Continue reading

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Decisions with Mitigation Criteria

The Decision Management Community (http://DMCommunity.org) published an interesting Challenge in Oct-2014. It deals with a quite typical problem when some business rules may be mitigated by other rules.  Here is an OpenRules-based solution that follows the DMN guidelines. The main idea is to use multi-hit decision tables when more specific rules (mitigations) may override more generic rules. Continue reading

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