Decision Trees


Decision Trees
    and they brought of the pomegranates,     
    and of the figs. . . .      
   And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.     
     Even without a decision tree, the tasking as set forth by Moses was virtually perfect. It is perhaps shortsighted, however, to count on matching his perfection every time without recourse to modern techniques, and we can reconstruct his decision tree ex post facto to show how the tree helps the Intelligence Cycle. (See Chart 3.) This tree would have graphically linked each of the collection requirements to the specific decisions that the resultant data would affect. It also would have ensured at a glance that the essential "need-to-know" questions were being raised ahead of the secondary "nice-to-know" questions.
     This particular tree and this Intelligence Cycle, incidentally, deal only with the state of affairs in the Promised Land. As we shall see, for a net assessment Moses would require yet another tree when disunity among his people placed the entire venture in question.
   And they went and came to Moses,        
    and to Aaron,         
    and to all the congregation         
    of the children of Israel.         
   Unto the wilderness of Paran,         
             to Kadesh;          
   And brought back word unto them,        
             and unto all the congregation,        
   And spewed them the fruit of the land.       
   And they told him, and said,          
   We came unto the land whither thou sentest,    
             and surely it floweth with milk and honey;    
             and this is the fruit of it.     
    the people be strong that dwell in the land,   
    and the cities are walled,    
    and very great:    
   And moreover             
    we saw the children of ANAK* there.      
   The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south. 
              and the Hittites, dwell in the mountains: 
              and the Jebusites, dwell in the mountains: 
              and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: 
And the Canaanites dwell by the sea,
             and by the coast of Jordan.   

(Numbers 13:26-29)

  *Emphasis supplied.               


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