Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 99–127 | Cite as

Argumentation-Based Qualitative Preference Modelling with Incomplete and Uncertain Information

  • Wietske VisserEmail author
  • Koen V. Hindriks
  • Catholijn M. Jonker


This paper presents an argumentation-based framework for the modelling of, and automated reasoning about multi-attribute preferences of a qualitative nature. The framework presents preferences according to the lexicographic ordering that is well-understood by humans. Preferences are derived in part from knowledge. Knowledge, however, may be incomplete or uncertain. The main contribution of the paper is that it shows how to reason about preferences when only incomplete or uncertain information is available. We propose a strategy that allows reasoning with incomplete information and discuss a number of strategies to handle uncertain information. It is shown how to extend the basic framework for modelling preferences to incorporate these strategies.


Qualitative multi-attribute preferences Argumentation Incomplete information Uncertain information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wietske Visser
    • 1
    Email author
  • Koen V. Hindriks
    • 1
  • Catholijn M. Jonker
    • 1
  1. 1.Man Machine Interaction GroupDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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