Accession Number:

ADA429677

Title:

Applying Bayesian Belief Networks in Sun Tzu's Art of War

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

71.0

Abstract:

The principles of Sun Tzus Art of War have been widely used by business executives and military officers with much success in the realm of competition and conflict. However, when conflict situations arise in a highly stressful environment coupled with the pressure of time, decision makers may not be able to consider all the key concepts when forming their decisions or strategies. Therefore, a structured reasoning approach may be used to apply Sun Tzus principles correctly and fully. It is believed that Sun Tzus principles can be modeled mathematically hence, a Bayesian Network Model a form of mathematical tool using probability theory is used to capture Sun Tzus principles and provide a structured reasoning approach. Scholars have identified incompleteness in Sun Tzus appreciation of information in war and his application of secret agents. This incompleteness results in circular reasoning when both sides of the conflict apply his principles. This circular reasoning can be resolved through the use of advanced probability theory. A Bayesian Network Model not only provides a structured reasoning approach, but more importantly, it also can resolve the circular reasoning problem that has been identified.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE