OR Spectrum

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 27–48

Global formulation for interactive multiobjective optimization

Regular Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00291-008-0154-3

Cite this article as:
Luque, M., Ruiz, F. & Miettinen, K. OR Spectrum (2011) 33: 27. doi:10.1007/s00291-008-0154-3


Interactive methods are useful and realistic multiobjective optimization techniques and, thus, many such methods exist. However, they have two important drawbacks when using them in real applications. Firstly, the question of which method should be chosen is not trivial. Secondly, there are rather few practical implementations of the methods. We introduce a general formulation that can accommodate several interactive methods. This provides a comfortable implementation framework for a general interactive system. Besides, this implementation allows the decision maker to choose how to give preference information to the system, and enables changing it anytime during the solution process. This change-of-method option provides a very flexible framework for the decision maker.


Multiple criteria decision makingMultiple objectivesInteractive methodsPreference information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariano Luque
    • 1
  • Francisco Ruiz
    • 1
  • Kaisa Miettinen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MálagaMálagaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical Information TechnologyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland