Is there a conventional, widely used icon for decision support?

I did some research to figure out what icons exist for decision support, and which of those represents the decision support the best. I didn’t find any suitable icons, because I think they don’t represent the “support” aspect, and are not widely used: the user can not understand what the icon means.

These two seem to be useful:

DSS icon 1 DSS icon 2

But both are too complex for me, and don’t represent the workflow decision, like this:
workflow icon 1

But the last one is also not understandable for a regular user.

Does anyone have a good idea for a decision support icon? My goal is to represent that a software helps to classify incoming measured data, make a decision and track the decision’s consequences.

Answer

Azendh, if I might make a suggestion. Head over to english.stackexchange.com and ask them for help with finding a more concise word for “classify incoming measured data and make a decision and follow-up the decision’s consequences.”

My initial reaction is that what you seem to describe is: User inputs data with a and produced result is a function. f(x) is one possible solution. One of the most common ways to portray that is with the following image:

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Perhaps you, or your designer, could create a stylized and simplified version of that.

Another thing that comes to my mind when reading your description is WHAT-IF Analysis. It’s icon within Excel looks like this:

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Which you might notice is a simplified version of a function box. Two inputs in and something gets questioned producing a result.

Only other word that comes to mind is Forecast. This was an interesting icon that came up for Forecast but is a little lacking the idea of user input:

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Hope this helps you

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