Bipolar and bivariate models in multicriteria decision analysis: descriptive and constructive approaches

M. Grabisch, Salvatore Greco, M. Pirlot

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    Abstract

    Multicriteria decision analysis studies decision problems in which the alternatives are evaluated on several dimensions or viewpoints. In the problems we consider in this article, the scales used for assessing the alternatives with respect to a viewpoint are bipolar and univariate or unipolar and bivariate. In the former case, the scale is divided in two zones by a neutral point; a positive feeling is associated to the zone above the neutral point and a negative feeling to the zone below this point. On unipolar bivariate scales, an alternative can receive both a positive evaluation and a negative evaluation, reflecting contradictory feelings or stimuli. The article discusses procedures and models that have been proposed to aggregate multicriteria evaluations when the scale of each criterion is of one of these two types. We present both a constructive view and a descriptive view on this question; the descriptive approach is concerned with characterizations of models of preference, whereas the constructive approach aims at building preferences by questioning the decision maker. We show that these views are complementary.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)930-969
    Number of pages40
    JournalInternational Journal of Intelligent Systems
    Volume23
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

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