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International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making

 

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International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making (4 papers in press)

 

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  • Environmental performance evaluation in the context of ISO 14031 using a fuzzy multiple criteria approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Evangelos Grigoroudis 
    Abstract: An important tool for the evaluation and documentation of a successful environmental management system is the Environmental Performance Evaluation (EPE). EPE is generally defined as a continuous internal process and management tool that using indicators evaluates the environmental management system of an organization and compares past and present performance. Relevant international standards such as ISO 14031-14032 describe the categories of performance indicators; however they do not determine a specific framework for the development, measurement and evaluation of these indicators. The main aim of this study is to present an EPE methodology based on the fuzzy UTASTAR method. Fuzzy UTASTAR is an extension of the well-known UTASTAR method capable to handle both ordinary (crisp) and fuzzy evaluation data. To demonstrate the application of the methodology, a case study is presented, where fuzzy UTASTAR is used in the frame of the EPE of a mills industry.
    Keywords: Fuzzy UTASTAR; Environmental Performance Evaluation; Environmental Performance Indicators; Environmental Management Systems.

  • Performance of Multicriteria Decision Making Methods: Study and cases   Order a copy of this article
    by Zhor CHERGUI, Moncef Abbas 
    Abstract: In this paper, the problematic of MCDM methods evaluation is treated, we study in particular the behavior of the criteria (tests) measuring the performance of these methods. Indeed, a critical study toward the series of tests proposed by Triantaphyllou is carried out. On this basis, some impossibility results are defined. In addition, a new assessment test is proposed.
    Keywords: MCDM methods; Performance evaluation; Preference modelling; Multicriteria analysis; Series of tests; Independence property; Transitivity property.

  • Fuzzy Decision Support System for Evaluation and Prioritization of Critical Success Factors for the Development of Agricultural DSS   Order a copy of this article
    by Shabir Mir, T. Pamda 
    Abstract: Overwhelmingly, surveys of agricultural DSSs (agDSSs) have revealed a general lack of support which could influence actual practice. Reasons behind DSS rejection were multiple. Accordingly, various strategies and approaches were proposed for their uptake. But developers often use their own criteria, priorities, and strategies during various developmental phases, mainly due to complex and vague nature of interactions between multiple factors describing DSS viz-a-viz, non-availability of critical success factors and their characterization. Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) methods are widely used under these circumstances to facilitate systematic and lucid decision support, chalk out multiple decision outcomes and equip decision maker with confident decision choices to lead the process to its coherent ending. This research proposes a Fuzzy decision support system to evaluate and prioritize critical success factors for the development of agricultural DSSs and provides an estimate of weightings, which measure the relative importance of these factors under generic multi-criteria settings. The results envisage that the proposed system supplements agDSS developers with more precise key decision support information.
    Keywords: Decision Support Systems; Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Processing; Multiple Criteria Decision Making; Critical Success Factors; Evaluation and Prioritization.

  • An extension of PROMETHEE II to temporal evaluations   Order a copy of this article
    by Issam Banamar, Yves De Smet 
    Abstract: Conventional PROMETHEE methods help decision makers to manage problems without considering temporal evaluations. The aim of this paper is to introduce a temporal extension of PROMETHEE II. A new approach to set the dynamic thresholds is introduced. The weighted arithmetic mean is used to aggregate net flow scores over time. In addition, an interactive query method is developed in order to determine decision maker's instances importance. Simulation results are used to show the effectiveness of this approach in terms of convergence and speed. Finally, an example is given to illustrate the model.
    Keywords: Multicriteria decision aid; temporal evaluations; outranking methods; PROMETHEE; GAIA.