Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Survey of methods to visualize alternatives in multiple criteria decision making problems
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
2014 (English)In: Or-Spektrum, ISSN 0171-6468, E-ISSN 1436-6304, Vol. 36, no 1, 3-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When solving decision problems where multiple conflicting criteria are to be considered simultaneously, decision makers must compare several different alternatives and select the most preferred one. The task of comparing multidimensional vectors is very demanding for the decision maker without any support. Different graphical visualization tools can be used to support and help the decision maker in understanding similarities and differences between the alternatives and graphical illustration is a very important part of decision support systems that are used in solving multiple criteria decision making problems. The visualization task is by no means trivial because, on the one hand, the graphics must be easy to comprehend and not too much information should be lost but, on the other hand, no extra unintentional information should be included. In this paper, we survey and analyze different ways of visualizing a small set of discrete alternatives graphically in the context of multiple criteria decision making. Some of the ways discussed are widely used and some others deserve to be brought into a wider awareness. This survey provides a starting point for all those who deal with multiple criteria decision making problems and need information of what kind of visualization techniques could be put to use in order to support the decision maker better.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 36, no 1, 3-37 p.
Keyword [en]
Comparison of alternatives, Visualization, Graphical illustration, Discrete alternatives, Multiobjective optimization, Pareto optimality, Multicriteria optimization, Interactive methods, Decision analysis, MCDM
National Category
Computational Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-141724DOI: 10.1007/s00291-012-0297-0ISI: 000330173800002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84892670315OAI: diva2:698366

QC 20140221

Available from: 2014-02-21 Created: 2014-02-21 Last updated: 2014-02-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Miettinen, Kaisa
By organisation
Optimization and Systems Theory
In the same journal
Computational Mathematics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 42 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link