A Semi-Automated Approach for Structuring Multi Criteria Decision Problems

Maier, Konradin and Stix, Volker (2013) A Semi-Automated Approach for Structuring Multi Criteria Decision Problems. European Journal of Operational Research, 225 (3). pp. 487-496. ISSN 0377-2217


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This article seeks to enhance multi criteria decision making by providing a scientic approach for decomposing and structuring decision problems. We propose a process, based on concept mapping, which integrates group creativity techniques, card sorting procedures, quantitative data analysis and algorithmic automatization to construct meaningful and complete hierarchies of criteria. The algorithmic aspect is covered by a newly proposed recursive cluster algorithm, which automatically generates hierarchies from card sorting data. Based on comparison with another basic algorithm and empirical engineered and real-case test data, we validate that our process efficiently produces reasonable hierarchies of descriptive elements like goal- or problem-criteria. (authors' abstract)

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Keywords: Problem structuring / Multiple criteria analysis / Concept mapping / Hierarchical decomposition
Divisions: Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Informationswirtschaft
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 09:46
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 19:42
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URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4044


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