decision tree

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Definition of decision tree 

: a tree diagram which is used for making decisions in business or computer programming and in which the branches represent choices with associated risks, costs, results, or probabilities

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But the decision tree of what to say when is the complicated part. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Google's Duplex AI Proves Its Powers and Limitations," 28 June 2018 The system follows a gnarled decision tree to maximize efficiency. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The Crazy, Complicated Engineering Inside Honda's New Clarity Hybrid," 27 Apr. 2018 The site relies on the same algorithm that doctors use in traveling down a symptom decision tree with patients to come up with a diagnosis, but provides the results in a more consumer-friendly way. Alice Park, Time, "Should You Diagnose Yourself Online? Here’s What Doctors Think," 10 Apr. 2018 The writing and branching decision trees are definitely engaging. Charles Theel, Ars Technica, "Fallout: The Board Game," 13 Jan. 2018 Game 7 was the banyan of managerial decision trees. SI.com, "How the Cleveland Indians Turned Their Crushing World Series Loss Into a Historic 2017 Season," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of decision tree

1957, in the meaning defined above

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