By Christiane Tammer, Alfred Göpfert (auth.), Matthias Ehrgott, Xavier Gandibleux (eds.)

The generalized quarter of a number of standards choice making (MCDM) may be outlined because the physique of tools and systems through which the worry for a number of conflicting standards could be officially integrated into the analytical approach. MCDM is composed generally of 2 branches, a number of standards optimization and multi-criteria selection research (MCDA). whereas MCDA is usually inquisitive about a number of standards difficulties that experience a small variety of possible choices frequently in an atmosphere of uncertainty (location of an airport, kind of drug rehabilitation program), a number of standards optimization is usually directed at difficulties formulated inside of a mathematical programming framework, yet with a stack of targets rather than only one (river basin administration, engineering part layout, product distribution). it's in regards to the newest therapy of a number of standards optimization that this booklet is anxious. i glance at this e-book as a well equipped and well-rounded presentation of what I view as ”new wave” subject matters in a number of standards optimization. in retrospect to the origins of MCDM, most folks agree that it used to be now not until eventually concerning the early Nineteen Seventies that a number of standards optimization c- gealed as a box. at present, and for roughly the next fifteen years, the point of interest used to be on theories of a number of target linear programming that subsume traditional (single criterion) linear programming, algorithms for characterizing the effective set, theoretical vector-maximum dev- opments, and interactive procedures.

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