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Using hierarchical task decompositions as a grammar to map actions in context: Application to forecasting systems in supply chain planning. / Asimakopoulos, S; Dix, A; Fildes, R A.

In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Vol. 69, No. 4, 2011, p. 234-250.

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Asimakopoulos S, Dix A, Fildes RA. Using hierarchical task decompositions as a grammar to map actions in context: Application to forecasting systems in supply chain planning. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 2011;69(4):234-250. doi: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2011.01.001

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Asimakopoulos, S ; Dix, A ; Fildes, R A. / Using hierarchical task decompositions as a grammar to map actions in context: Application to forecasting systems in supply chain planning. In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 2011 ; Vol. 69, No. 4. pp. 234-250.

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