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ℱlow \(\mathcal{S}\) ort: a flow-based sorting method with limiting or central profiles

Original Paper


Based on the ranking methodology of PROMETHEE, a new sorting method (ℱlow \(\mathcal{S}\) ort) is proposed for assigning actions to completely ordered categories defined either by limiting profiles or by central profiles. The ℱlow \(\mathcal{S}\) ort assignment rules are based on the relative position of an action with respect to the reference profiles, in terms of the incoming, leaving, and/or net flows. For a better understanding of the issues involved, a graphical representation is given. An explicit relationship between the assignments obtained when working either with limiting or central profiles is formalized. Finally, an empirical comparison with Electre-Tri is made to compare the resulting assignments.


Multicriteria decision aid Sorting Preference relation 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

91B08 91B06 91B50 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Polytechnique, Service de Mathématiques de la Gestion—CoDEUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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