Journal of Geographical Systems

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 249–268 | Cite as

Exploring multicriteria decision strategies in GIS with linguistic quantifiers: A case study of residential quality evaluation

  • Jacek MalczewskiEmail author
  • Claus Rinner


Commonly used GIS combination operators such as Boolean conjunction/disjunction and weighted linear combination can be generalized to the ordered weighted averaging (OWA) family of operators. This multicriteria evaluation method allows decision-makers to define a decision strategy on a continuum between pessimistic and optimistic strategies. Recently, OWA has been introduced to GIS-based decision support systems. We propose to extend a previous implementation of OWA with linguistic quantifiers to simplify the definition of decision strategies and to facilitate an exploratory analysis of multiple criteria. The linguistic quantifier-guided OWA procedure is illustrated using a dataset for evaluating residential quality of neighborhoods in London, Ontario.


GIS Multicriteria decision analysis Ordered weighted averaging (OWA) Linguistic quantifiers Decision strategy Residential quality evaluation 

JEL Classification

C61 D89 R29 Z00 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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