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DEFINITE is an environmental planning analysis tool which uses judgement-based, ordinal, and cardinal data to help users characterize the system at hand and explore hidden interactions and emergent properties.

Accepts Data Of Process Types

DEFINITE (Decisions on a Finite Set of Alternatives) is a decision support software package that has been developed to improve the quality of environmental decision-making. DEFINITE is, in fact, a whole tool kit of methods that can be used on a wide variety of problems. If you have a problem to solve, and you can identify alternative solutions, then DEFINITE can weigh up the alternatives for you and assess the most reasonable alternative. The program contains a number of methods for supporting problem definition as well as graphical methods to support representation. To be able to deal with all types of information DEFINITE includes five different multicriteria methods, as well as Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness analysis. Related procedures such as weight assessment, standardization, discounting and a large variety of methods for sensitivity analysis are also available.


Rauscher (1999)Janssen, R.. van Hervijnen, M., 1992. DEFINITE: Decisions on a finite set of alternatives. Institute for Environmental Studies, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers, software on 2 disks.

Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served (No Longer Available)

Tool Maker

All (User Specified Application Domain)

Parent Categories

Alternative Evaluation

Parent Categories

All (User Specified Domain Knowledge Modeling Area)

Management Process Modeling


Evaluation Criteria Specification

Perform Sensitivity Analysis

Rank Alternatives

Specify Criterion Weight

For Application Domains

Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

Sensitivity Analysis

Trade-Off Analysis

Domain Knowledge Modeling Area

Management Process

User Defined Process

Development Status

All (User Defined Analysis Extent)

Image File Name

All (User Defined Unit Of Observation)




Windows 2000

Windows XP

Information Source

General Understanding Of Issues


Basic Computer Skills

Methods And Techniques Implemented


Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served


Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served



Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS)


Regularly Distributed

Developer Assistance Needed For Installation/Configuration

Free University Amsterdam, Institute For Environmental Studies,

Supports Analysis Of Interdisciplinary Interactions

National Commission On Science For Sustainable Forestry

Last Updated

Ron Janssen

Model Type

Aspatial Decision Support Systems

Software Tools And Models - All

Methods And Techniques Implemented


Domain Knowledge Modeling Area

Alternative Ranking, Decision Making

Condition Analysis And Assessment

Analysis Extent

Aspatial Decision Support Systems

Glossary Display Property

Decision Model

Evaluative Models

Graphical Ontology Browser

  • Click on a node to jump to the content of that node
  • Pan to see the rest of the graph
  • Scroll the mousewheel up and down to zoom in and out
  • Rearrange the nodes in the graph by dragging a node to a different position


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