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Title: SBexpert users guide (version 2.0): a knowledge-based decision-support system for spruce beetle management.

Author: Reynolds, Keith M.; Holsten, Edward H.;

Date: 1997

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-401. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 62 p

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: SBexpert version 2.0 is a knowledge-based decision-support system for spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis (Kby.)) management developed for use in Microsoft (MS) Windows with the KnowledgePro Windows development language. Version 2.0 is a significant enhancement of version 1.0. The SBexpert users guide provides detailed instructions on the use of all SBexpert features. The SBexpert application now consists of four separate programs: SBexpert (formerly, the Analysis topic in version 1.0), SBtext, SBlit, and SBhelp. SBexpert is an advisory system for spruce beetle management that provides recommendations for reducing spruce beetle hazard and risk to spruce stands and is the main application of the full system. SBtext and SBlit provide complementary decision support. SBtext provides background information on the biology, ecology, and management of spruce beetles. SBlit provides database utilities for retrieving literature citations. Basic features of the SBexpert system include an intuitive graphical user interface, efficient presentation and retrieval of information through hypertext and hypergraphics, easy access to an extensive help system for MS Windows system-level help, window-specific help, a text editor that facilitates preparing standard reports from SBtext, and automatic report generation in SBexpert.

Keywords: Spruce beetle, risk, Hazard, decision support, knowledge base, expert system, management, software

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Reynolds, Keith M.; Holsten, Edward H. 1997. SBexpert users guide (version 2.0): a knowledge-based decision-support system for spruce beetle management. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-401. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 62 p

 


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