An Argumentation Framework for Qualitative Multi-criteria Preferences

  • Wietske Visser
  • Koen V. Hindriks
  • Catholijn M. Jonker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7132)


Preferences between different alternatives (products, decisions, agreements etc.) are often based on multiple criteria. Qualitative Preference Systems (QPS) is a formal framework for the representation of qualitative multi-criteria preferences in which a criterion’s preference is defined based on the values of attributes or by combining multiple subcriteria in a cardinality-based or lexicographic way. In this paper we present a language and reasoning mechanism to represent and reason about such qualitative multi-criteria preferences. We take an argumentation-based approach and show that the presented argumentation framework correctly models a QPS. Then we extend this argumentation framework in such a way that it can derive missing information from background knowledge, which makes it more flexible in case of incomplete specifications.


Inference Rule Simple Criterion Argumentation Framework Logical Language Input Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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