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Improving Homeland Security Decisions by Detlof von Winterfeldt, Milind Tambe, Ali E. Abbas

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26 Evaluating Deployed Decision Support Systems for Security: Challenges, Analysis, and Approaches

Matthew E. Taylor, Christopher Kiekintveld, Eric Shieh, Francesco Delle Fave, and Milind Tambe

26.1 Introduction

There are an increasing number of technically sophisticated tools to support decision making for security resource allocation in many different domains. In this chapter, we discuss the question of evaluating deployed security systems, using examples to illustrate some of the key challenges. Two of the primary difficulties are that (1) we cannot rely on adversaries to cooperate in evaluation, which makes it difficult to validate models, and (2) there is (thankfully) relatively little data available about real-world terrorist attacks.

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