Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2013 Edition
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Interactive Multiple Objective Mathematical Programming

  • Julia Pet-Armacost
  • Mansooreh Mollaghasemi
  • Robert L. Armacost
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1153-7_471


Decision making typically involves a decision maker selecting a course of action that optimizes some criterion while respecting the resources and other conditions that must be satisfied. When multiple criteria are involved, this class of problems is generally referred to as multiple criteria decision problems. In some circumstances, the number of alternatives is limited and the decision maker identifies a number of (multiple) desirable measureable attributes. Each of the alternatives is assessed with respect to each of the attributes to provide information to the decision maker to aid in selecting the desired alternative. This type of problem is generally termed a multiple attribute decision problem. In other situations, the set of alternatives may be very large and represented as various types and levels of particular actions. The decision maker may be able to determine how various combinations of these alternatives contribute to a particular objective (e.g., completion...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Pet-Armacost
    • 1
  • Mansooreh Mollaghasemi
    • 2
  • Robert L. Armacost
    • 2
  1. 1.College of MedicineUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Industrial Engineering and Management SystemsUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA