Addressing the Risks of Computer Model Misuseby Daniel J. Bower, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Troy, NY, USA,
Abstract: The proliferation of relatively inexpensive small computers, and accompanying transportation-oriented software, has brought many capabilities to transportation agencies previously unavailable due to limited resources. With these new-found tools come considerable responsibilities. Ultimately, the responsibility of ensuring adequate training lies with the management of any agency using such software. Analysts must be familiar with the internal processes of a program, to the extent of being able to use the model without a computer. The inputs to, and limitations of, the model must be fully understood, and their origins known. Additionally, training must be budgeted as an on-going process to accommodate new personnel.
Subject Headings: Computer software | Computer models | Data processing | Training | Computer analysis | Budgets | Risk management | Transportation management
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