Towards a Protocol for Inferring Preferences Using Majority-rule Sorting Models

  • Alexandru-Liviu OlteanuEmail author
  • Patrick Meyer
  • Ann Barcomb
  • Nicolas Jullien
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10576)


In Multi-Criteria Decision Aiding, one of the current challenges involves the proper integration and tuning of the preference models in real-life contexts. In this article, we consider the multi-criteria sorting problem where the decision maker’s preferences fall within the outranking paradigm. Following recent advances on extensions of classical majority-rule sorting models, we propose a methodology for adapting them to the perspective of the decision maker. We illustrate the application of the methodology on a real-world problem linked to the evaluation of contributors within Free/Libre Open Source Software communities. The experiments that we have carried out show that the various considered model extensions appear to be useful from the perspective of decision makers in a real-life preference elicitation process, and that the proposed methodology gives useful indications that can serve as guidelines for analysts involved in other elicitation processes.



This work was supported, in part, by Science Foundation Ireland grants 10/CE/I1855 and 13/RC/2094 to Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre (


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandru-Liviu Olteanu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patrick Meyer
    • 1
  • Ann Barcomb
    • 2
  • Nicolas Jullien
    • 3
  1. 1.IMT Atlantique, Lab-STICCUniv. Bretagne LoireBrestFrance
  2. 2.LeroUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.IMT Atlantique, LEGO-M@rsouinUniv. Bretagne LoireBrestFrance

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