On the Combination of MCDM Methods

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 33)


The aggregation of various MCDM methods in an integrative decision support system leads to the idea of providing further possibilities of application besides their interactive, sequential usage from a unified user interface. Referring to the formulation of the meta decision problem proposed in Chapter 2 which asks for a design of an MCDM method specific to the respective situation, we shall analyze whether and how different methods can be combined for solving a decision problem.


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  1. 1.
    See Hanne (1994, 1997a). A more deeply elaborated example for the combined application of methods is discussed below in Section 2. of Chapter 6. A formal semantics for such an approach of application is introduced in Sections 5. and 6. of this chapter.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Occasionally, the idea, possibility, and usefulness to work with conceptual building blocks as with methods has already been analyzed in different connections: Newell and Simon (1972) propose to analyze elementary operations in decision procedures and to combine them within complex problem solving strategies. Larichev (1985) analyzes elementary operations within interactive MCDM methods and discusses them in a psychological context.Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    Cf. Larichev (1985, p. 37).Google Scholar
  4. 13.
    This follows from Theorem 3.2.1 in Sawaragi, Nakayama and Tanino (1985, p. 48).Google Scholar
  5. 14.
    Cf. the efficiency propositions in Appendix A as well as Gearhart (1984).Google Scholar
  6. 15.
    See also Alley (1983).Google Scholar
  7. 16.
    Also cf. Malakooti and Zhou (1994).Google Scholar
  8. 17.
    See, e.g., Wegener (1989), especially p. 14–17.Google Scholar

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