MP Wellman

Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 36:137–148, 1994.
Copyright © 1994 Published by Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.


Cognitive mapping is a qualitative decision modeling technique developed over twenty years ago by political scientists, which continues to see occasional use in social science and decision-aiding applications. In this paper, I show how cognitive maps can be viewed in the context of more recent formalisms for qualitative decision modeling, and how the latter provide a firm semantic foundation that can facilitate the development of more powerful inference procedures as well as extensions in expressiveness for models of this sort.

Revised version of a paper presented at the IMACS International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning and Decision Technologies, June 1993. (awarded Best Paper prize)