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Create Decision Table and Text Rules

Create Decision Table and Text Rules

September 29, 2021
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September 19, 2019
Create and activate the decision tables and text-based rules to create the decision logic.

You will learn

  • How to create decision table rules
  • How to create text rules
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A decision table rule is the collection of rule expressions in tabular format. The rule expressions are sequentially executed, and the matching rows are returned.

A text rule is a decision logic in a simple if-then-else format. A text rule evaluates a single rule expression and returns the result that matches the condition.

In this tutorial, we will create the decision logic required to assign equipment for the new hire, both as a text rule as well as a decision table.

Step 1: Create decision table rules
  1. Navigate to the Rules > Local Rules tab, then choose +.

    Rules tab
  2. In the New Rule prompt, provide the following details:

    Name Type
    DetermineEquipmentRules Decision Table

    Then choose Create.

    New Rule Window
  3. In the New Rule page, provide the following details and then choose Settings icon.

    Label Description
    DetermineEquipmentRules Rule to determine equipment for the new hire based on the country and job title of the new hire.
    New Rule Page

    The decision table settings window opens.

  4. In the decision table settings window, select the Hit Policy as First Match. With Hit Policy as First Match, the decision table returns the first row that matches the condition.

    Hit Policy

    In this tutorial, we are using the First Match hit policy. If you select All Match hit policy, all the rows of the decision table that matches the condition are returned. In this case, the result data object EquipmentInfo should be of type Table to hold all the row values.

  5. Press CTRL + SPACE to load the autosuggestion list, and then choose Employee under Vocabulary section.

    Autosuggestion list
  6. Choose the attribute Country or Region of Company from the Vocabulary section and then in the Label field enter Country or Region.

    Attribute in autosuggestion list
  7. From the Fixed Operator dropdown list, select None.

    Fixed operator
  8. Similarly, create the following condition expressions:

    Condition Expressions Label Fixed Operator Company None
    Employee.jobTitle Job Title None
    Employee.isFullTimeEmployee Full time/Part time None

    The label is displayed in the decision table column header.

    Choose EquipmentInfo as the Result data object from the dropdown list and then choose Apply.

    DT settings

    A decision table gets created with the condition columns and result columns.

  9. In the Country or Region column, press CTRL + SPACE. Under Comparison Operators, select is equal.

    Comparison Operators
  10. Under Fixed Value section, select the value help icon to select the value.

    Value help

    Select USA from the value help.

    Value help1
  11. In the Company column provide the following value using the autosuggestion list:


    Company details
  12. In the subsequent cells, provide the following values:

    Job Title Full Time/Part Time Product ID Equipment Type Price Product Description Currency
    MATCHES '.*' = true OR Employee.IsFullTimeEmployee = false 'A106743' 'Audio and Video' 35.96 'Lovely Sound 5.1' EUR
    Company details
  13. Select the first row, then choose Add Row > Insert After.

    Company details
  14. Enter the following values in the condition and result columns of the new row:

    Country or Region Company Job Title Full Time/Part Time Product ID Equipment Type Price Product Description Currency
    = 'USA' MATCHES '.*' MATCHES '.*' = true OR Employee.IsFullTimeEmployee = false 'C106875' 'Notebook' 956.00 'Notebook Basic 15' 'EUR'

    Then, choose Activate.

    Company details
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Step 2: Create text rules
  1. Use the breadcrumb navigation to navigate to Rules > Local Rules tab, and then choose +.

    Create Text Rule
  2. In the New Rule window, enter the following values and then choose Create.

    Name Type
    EquipmentApprovalRules Text Rule
    New text rule
  3. In the New Rule page, enter the following details:

    Label Description
    EquipmentApprovalRules Rules to determine if the approval is needed for equipment or not

    In the Text Rule section, choose the Settings icon.

    Text Rule details
  4. In the Text Rule Settings window, select EquipmentApproval as the Result and then choose Apply.

    Text Rule Result
  5. In the If section, press CTRL+**SPACE** and then provide condition expression using the autosuggestion list:

    Equipment.TotalAmount > 800

    Text Rule if condition

    In the Then section, enter true. Then, choose Add Else to an Else section.

    Else condition

  6. In this Else section, enter 'false'.

    Activate text rule

    Then, choose Activate.

    Activate text rule

    Navigate to the Rules > Local Rules tab to view the list of rules as shown:

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Which of the following entities holds the decision logic of the project?

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