MUSA-INT: multicriteria customer satisfaction analysis with interacting criteria

Silvia Angilella, Salvatore Corrente, Salvatore Greco, Roman Slowinski

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We are considering the problem of measuring and analysing customer satisfaction concerning a product or a service evaluated on multiple criteria. The proposed methodology generalizes the MUSA (MUlti- criteria Satisfaction Analysis) method. MUSA is a preference disaggregation method that, following the principle of ordinal regression analysis, finds an additive utility function representing both the comprehensive satisfaction level of a set of customers and a marginal satisfaction level with respect to each criterion. Differently from MUSA, the proposed approach, that we will call MUSA-INT, takes also into account positive and negative interactions among criteria, similarly to the multicriteria method UTAGMS-INT. Our method accepts evaluations on criteria with different ordinal scales which do not need to be transformed into a unique cardinal scale prior to the analysis. Moreover, instead of a single utility function, MUSA-INT can also take into account a set of utility functions representing customers' satisfaction, adopting the robust ordinal regression methodology. An illustrative example shows how the proposed methodology can be applied on a customers’ survey.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-200
Issue number1
Early online date28 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • mcda
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis


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