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Welcome to DecisionSystems.org. Our purpose here is to help you make the best possible decisions in various areas of life, including: Buying A New Car, Buying A Used Car, Choosing A College, Choosing A Career, Hiring An Employee, Promoting An Employee, Buying A New House, Choosing An Apartment, Choosing A New Job, The Winning Horse In A Race, The Winning Team In Football, The Winning Team In Baseball, The Winning Team In Basketball, Choosing A Male Lover/Spouse, Choosing A Female Lover/Spouse, Choosing A City To Live In, Choosing A Religion, Choosing A Church To Attend, Choosing A Health Plan, Choosing A Primary Physician, Choosing A Hospital, Choosing A Dentist, Choosing A Lawyer, Choosing Suppliers For Your Business, Choosing A Health Club, Choosing A Hobby, Choosing A Fraternity/Sorority . . . and many, many more.

In order to do this, the main tool we use is a computer program I wrote a few years ago, called "Weighted Average Decision Maker." I did release this program to a limited extent in 1994, but I never really promoted it. So basically it is new to most people at this time, although it was written years ago. Weighted Average Decision Maker is still available, at no charge, now in the Public Domain. You can download it HERE!

Here is the main documentation file for Weighted Average Decision Maker, slightly revised from the 1994 original.

NOTE: This program and all of its components are now in the Public Domain. The source code is lost, but you are free to use all of this material any way you want. Maybe somebody can derive some benefit from it.


  Bill McGinnis Software / P. O. Box 2543 / Alexandria, VA 22301 / U. S. A.

          INTRODUCTION TO THE WEIGHTED AVERAGE DECISION MAKER
                         Ver. 1.1, Oct., 1994



GENERAL INFORMATION

Welcome to the Weighted Average Decision Maker.
This program provides you with a reliable way to make many good decisions.
It also provides you with quantitative documentation to support the
decisions you have made.
It is best suited for situations in which you need to select the one best
candidate from among two or more possibilities - the one person to promote,
the one person to marry, the one job to take, the one college to attend.
You will find that the Weighted Average Decision Maker is intuitively
correct.  You have probably been making many decisions almost this same
way, weighing the factors mentally and judging the alternatives informally.
This program merely formalizes and quantifies the process.  Meanwhile,
it forces you to identify all the factors involved, so you are less
likely to overlook something of importance.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS . . .
For each decision, you will create a Decision Chart which can be saved
and modified.
First, you identify the Factors in your decision, that is, the things you
will consider when making your choice.  For example, some Factors to be
considered in giving a promotion might be Education, Experience, Appearance,
Personality, Performance Evaluations.  The program handles up to 15 Factors.
Next, you assign a Weight to each Factor, depending on its importance.  The
Weights can be anywhere from 0 to 10.
Then, you create a list of Candidates under consideration.  For example,
some Candidates for a promotion might be Mr. Jones, Mr. Smith, Miss
Jacobs, Mrs. Kowalski.  The program handles up to 50 Candidates.
Finally, you assign a Score to each Candidate for each Factor.  The scores
can be from 0 to 10, with 10 being perfect and 5 being OK but mediocre.
For example, Mr. Jones might be 7 on Education, 3 on Experience, 8 on
Appearance, 7 on Personality, 9 on Performance Evaluations.
The Weighted Average Decision Maker then looks at each Candidate and
multiplies his Score for each Factor times the Weight of that Factor,
giving a product.  These products are accumulated and then divided by the
accumulated Weights to give a Weighted Average Rating for each Candidate.
The Candidate with the best Weighted Average Rating wins!
If you prefer, Cost can be considered separately from the other Factors,
and Cost Efficiency can be calculated for each Candidate.  (In these
cases, you might prefer to choose the candidate with the lowest cost
per rating point, provided that candidate meets all requirements.)
Various reports can be generated, displayed to the screen, and printed.
And for licensed users, the reports can be can be saved directly to an
ASCII text file, (using the Report Saver program), and edited separately.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
     Any PC, XT, AT, 386, 486, 586, OS/2; 256k+; any monitor; any printer;
     two floppy disks or a hard drive; DOS 2.11 or later. Runs at DOS
     prompt under Windows, etc. Hard drive preferred for unzipping files.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
    1.  Using the unzipper of your choice, unzip DECIDE11.ZIP into the
        directory of your choice.
        Or . . .
    2.  Create or select a suitable directory, perhaps C:\DECIDE.  Then
        into this directory, copy the following: DECIDE11.ZIP,
        INSTALL.COM, UNZIP.EXE.
        Make this directory current (CD C:\DECIDE), then run the INSTALL
        file (type INSTALL, then press .)

Now you should be ready to run!  Type DECIDE, then press  to run
the WEIGHTED AVERAGE DECISION MAKER.

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Your objective is to create Decision Charts and produce reports based
on those charts, leading to a decision.
Just follow the prompts and menu selections. (See below.)

MENU SELECTIONS
    These are the Main Menu choices, with an explanation of each . . .
                                  Main Menu

1. CREATE A NEW DECISION CHART - This takes you through the entire process
    of creating a new Decision Chart.  First, you select a decision type.
    You may choose from the following list of pre-defined decision types,
    or you can create your own from scratch.
                     Pre-Defined Decision Types

    1. Buying A New Car                     14. Choosing A Male Lover/Spouse
    2. Buying A Used Car                    15. Choosing A Female Lover/Spouse
    3. Choosing A College                   16. Choosing A City To Live In
    4. Choosing A Career                    17. Choosing A Religion
    5. Hiring An Employee                   18. Choosing A Church To Attend
    6. Promoting An Employee                19. Choosing A Health Plan
    7. Buying A New House                   20. Choosing A Primary Physician
    8. Choosing An Apartment                21. Choosing A Hospital
    9. Choosing A New Job                   22. Choosing A Dentist
   10. The Winning Horse In A Race          23. Choosing A Lawyer
   11. The Winning Team In Football         24. Suppliers For Your Business
   12. The Winning Team In Baseball         25. Choosing A Health Club
   13. The Winning Team In Basketball       26. Choosing A Hobby
                                            27. Choosing A Fraternity/Sorority
    After you choose a type of decision, you are prompted to enter a list
    of Factors, the Weights for these factors, a list of Candidates, and
    the Scores for each of the Candidates.

2. REVISE AN EXISTING DECISION CHART - This gives you a chance to modify a
    Decision Chart you have previously started, as shown below . . .

                            Menu Of Changes
                    1. Change The List Of Factors
                    2. Change The Weight Of A Factor
                    3. Change The List Of Candidates
                    4. Change The Scores Or Cost For A Candidate
                    5. Change Name Of Decision Chart Or Type Of Decision
                    m. Go To Main Menu

                       (Select by letter or number)


3. LOAD OR SAVE OR DELETE A DECISION CHART
4. VIEW OR PRINT DECISION REPORTS - You can display these types of reports
    on your screen and print them with the Shift+PrtSc key combination.  In
    order to save these reports directly into an ASCII file, you need the
    Report Saver program, available to Licensed Users.

                                     Menu
         1. Decision Summary Report
         2. Candidates, Ranked By Their Weighted Average Ratings
         3. Candidates, Ranked By Their Cost
         4. Candidates, Ranked By Their Cost Per Rating Point (Cost Efficiency)
         5. For Each Factor, The Candidates, Ranked By Their Scores
         6. Individual Candidate Reports
         7. Complete Report Sequence (Items 1-6, above)

    5. Change Colors Of Screen Display - Choose from 10 attractive color
    combinations.  The light-bar menu allows you to preview each combination
    before you select it.
    6. N/A
    7. Shell To DOS - This lets you jump into DOS to move files around or do
    other tasks, then return.
    8. Order Licensed Version - Details of the benefits of registration, along
    with ordering information.
    9. Exit - Close all files and devices; exit to DOS.


ENTERING YOUR MENU SELECTIONS AND OTHER DATA
In some cases, you merely press the number or letter of your choice.  This
is true when no menu choice requires more than one character. In
these cases, it is usually possible to get back to the main menu by
pressing the < ESC > key.

If any menu choice requires more than one character, however, you will
need to type the character(s) you want, then press .  In these
cases, the  key will not work.  To get back to the main menu you
will need to type  m  then press .

SAMPLES OF REPORTS
Here are some samples of reports you can generate . . .
                           Decision Summary Report
                                  09-17-1994
Decision Name Is: PROMOTE.DEC  Decision Type Is: Promoting An Employee
There were 4 Candidates, evaluated on 5 Factors.
Cost and Cost Efficiency were not considered separately.
The top-ranked Candidates in Weighted Average Ratings are shown below:
          Rank    Candidate                    Rating           Index
          1.     Mr. Jones                      6.97            100.0
          2.     Mrs. Kowalski                  6.19             88.8
          3.     Miss Jacobs                    6.12             87.8
          4.     Mr. Smith                      5.16             74.0


             Candidates, Ranked By Their Weighted Average Ratings
Rank   Candidate                          Rating      Index
 1.  Mr. Jones                             6.97       100.0
 2.  Mrs. Kowalski                         6.19        88.8
 3.  Miss Jacobs                           6.12        87.8
 4.  Mr. Smith                             5.16        74.0

                       Candidates, Ranked By Their Cost
Rank   Candidate                          $ Cost      Index
 1.  Mr. Jones                             0.00
 2.  Mr. Smith                             0.00
 3.  Miss Jacobs                           0.00
 4.  Mrs. Kowalski                         0.00

     Candidates, Ranked By Their Cost Per Rating Point (Cost Efficiency)
Rank   Candidate                       $/Rtng Pnt     Index
 1.  Mr. Jones                             0.00
 2.  Mr. Smith                             0.00
 3.  Miss Jacobs                           0.00
 4.  Mrs. Kowalski                         0.00


Candidate Is Mr. Jones       Decision Type Is Promoting An Employee
Decision Name Is PROMOTE.DEC   Cost Is $         0.00
Report Date Is 09-17-1994
              Factor                   Weight    Score     Product   Rating
  1.  Education                           6.00      7.00     42.00
  2.  Experience                          5.00      3.00     15.00
  3.  Appearance                          7.00      8.00     56.00
  4.  Personality                         8.00      7.00     56.00
  5.  Performance Evaluations             6.00      9.00     54.00
                                          Cumwt             Cumprod  Rating
                                          32.00              223.00   6.97
Cost Per Rating Point Is $         0.00




. . . and here's a case where cost is a factor:


                           Decision Summary Report
                                  09-17-1994
Decision Name Is: DOCTOR.DEC  Decision Type Is: Choosing A Primary Physician
There were 6 Candidates, evaluated on 4 Factors.
Cost and Cost Efficiency were considered separately.
The top-ranked Candidates in Weighted Average Ratings are shown below:
          Rank    Candidate                    Rating           Index
          1.     Dr. Hendricks                  7.08            100.0
          2.     Dr. Kwame Ntamba               6.65             93.9
          3.     Myers Family Clinic            6.15             86.9
          4.     Doc Johnson                    6.08             85.9
          5.     Dr. Sampson                    5.54             78.2
More data coming . . .

                      Decision Summary Report - Screen 2
The top-ranked Candidates in Cost are shown below:
          Rank   Candidate                    $ Cost            Index
          1.     Doc Johnson                   55.00            100.0
          2.     Dr. Havens                    55.00            100.0
          3.     Dr. Hendricks                 60.00            109.1
          4.     Myers Family Clinic           65.00            118.2
          5.     Dr. Sampson                   75.00            136.4


The top-ranked Candidates in Cost Efficiency are shown below:
         Rank    Candidate                   $/Rtng Pnt        Index
          1.     Dr. Hendricks                  8.47            100.0
          2.     Doc Johnson                    9.05            106.7
          3.     Dr. Havens                     9.93            117.1
          4.     Myers Family Clinic           10.57            124.7
          5.     Dr. Kwame Ntamba              12.78            150.8




CONTENTS OF WEIGHTED AVERAGE DECISION MAKER, VER. 1.1, OCTOBER, 1994
These files are all contained within DECIDE11.ZIP.  Some may also be
duplicated on disk outside the .ZIP file.

   File Name                               Function
README.1ST           Brief preliminary text file concerning unzipping
                     the files of this software package and other details.
INSTALL.COM          A program file which can be used to unzip
                     DECIDE11.ZIP.
UNZIP.EXE            A "free-to-use" file used by INSTALL.COM, above.
README.DOC           General introduction to WEIGHTED AVERAGE DECISION
                     MAKER.  This is what you are reading now.
DECIDE.EXE           This is the computer program, in machine language,
                     ready to run on almost any MS/DOS computer in the
                     world.
AUTH.BMS             This file is the authorization file to DECIDE.EXE.
                     It holds the encrypted name of the Licensed User,
                     if any.  DECIDE.EXE will not run without it!
BASEBALL.DEC         Sample Decision Chart for picking the winner of
                     a baseball game.
DOCTOR.DEC           Sample Decision Chart for selecting a doctor.
DOCTOR.ASC           Sample Report Package, based on the DOCTOR.DEC
                     Decision Chart, above.  This is an actual file
                     produced by the DECISION REPORT SAVER program
                     which is provided to Licensed Users.
HEALTHCL.DEC         Sample Decision Chart for choosing a health club.
PROMOTE.DEC          Sample Decision Chart for giving a promotion to
                     an employee.


PROMOTE.ASC          Sample Report Package, based on the PROMOTE.DEC
                     Decision Chart, above.  This is an actual file
                     produced by the DECISION REPORT SAVER program
                     which is provided to Licensed Users.
TAKEJOB.DEC          Sample Decision Chart for taking a new job.
PRESS.REL            This is the press release announcing this release of
                     WEIGHTED AVERAGE DECISION MAKER.
FILE_ID.DIZ          A brief description of DECIDE11.ZIP, for automatic
                     use by BBS operators and others.
VENDOR.DOC           This contains information needed by disk vendors
                     and other software distributors.
CATALOG.DOC          My latest catalog of software for sale, dated 10-2-94.
LATENEWS.DOC         Most recent developments and Revision History.



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NOTE: This program and all of its components are now in the Public Domain. The source code is lost, but you are free to use all of this material any way you want. Maybe somebody can derive some benefit from it.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Bill McGinnis

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

       Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - LoveAllPeople.org

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