Journal of Global Optimization

, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 601–619 | Cite as

Covers and approximations in multiobjective optimization

  • Daniel Vanderpooten
  • Lakmali Weerasena
  • Margaret M. Wiecek


Due to the growing interest in approximation for multiobjective optimization problems (MOPs), a theoretical framework for defining and classifying sets representing or approximating solution sets for MOPs is developed. The concept of tolerance function is proposed as a tool for modeling representation quality. This notion leads to the extension of the traditional dominance relation to \(t\hbox {-}\)dominance. Two types of sets representing the solution sets are defined: covers and approximations. Their properties are examined in a broader context of multiple solution sets, multiple cones, and multiple quality measures. Applications to complex MOPs are included.


Multiobjective optimization Nondominated set Pareto set Approximation Cones Tolerance function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Vanderpooten
    • 1
  • Lakmali Weerasena
    • 2
  • Margaret M. Wiecek
    • 2
  1. 1.LAMSADEPSL, Université Paris DauphineParis Cedex 16France
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesClemson UniversityClemsonUSA

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