What is Multicriterion Decision Making?

  • Jean-Charles Pomerol
  • Sergio Barba-Romero
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 25)


In both everyday life and in organizations we are very often confronted with difficult choices where we are unable to decide between a number of imperatives. Here are a few examples of this kind of situation. Suppose there are available p different models N1, N2, … NP of a product N; everybody wants to buy model Ni which is the cheapest, looks best, is easiest to look after and is the most robust (the list is non-exhaustive). These various features are all purchasing criteria. Consider for example price and strength; experience tells us that the cheapest product is not the strongest: price and strength are two conflicting criteria. If we use price as a criterion for choice we may end up buying a product which is not among the strongest. On the other hand, if we buy the strongest product we may also be buying the most expensive. As the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it, and it is obvious that conflicting desires will always lead to a compromise. This is the type of situation we shall be interested in.


Decision Maker Social Choice Profit Expectancy Decision Matrix Feasible Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Charles Pomerol
    • 1
  • Sergio Barba-Romero
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Pierre et Marie Curie de ParisFrance
  2. 2.Universidad de Alcala de HenaresSpain

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