Extension of the ELECTRE method for decision-making problems with interval weights and data

Authors: Vahdani, Behnam1; Jabbari, Amir2; Roshanaei, Vahid3; Zandieh, Mostafa4

Source: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 50, Numbers 5-8, September 2010 , pp. 793-800(8)

Publisher: Springer

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Recent research is recognizing that multicriteria decision making should take into account the concepts of uncertainty, risk, and confidence. In some cases, precise determination of the exact value of the attributes is difficult. Consequently, to surmount this potential problem, their values are considered as fuzzy and intervals. The elimination and choice translating reality (ELECTRE) is one of the most widely used methods to rank a set of alternatives versus a set of criteria to reflect the decision maker’s preference. What is customary in almost all recent papers regarding ELECTRE is the utilization of fuzzy concepts in decision-making process. In this paper, we propose a novel algorithmic ELECTRE method which assimilates the concepts of interval weights and data for the facilitation of evaluation of a set of alternatives against a set of criteria in this situation. Finally, the executive procedure of our proposed ELECTRE method is illustrated by applying it to the problem of supplier selection.

Keywords: ELECTRE; Interval data; Interval weights; Multiple criteria decision making; Supplier selection

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00170-010-2537-2

Affiliations: 1: Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Islamic Azad University Qazvin branch, Qazvin, Iran, Email: b.vahdani@gmail.com 2: Master of Business Administration Department, Mahan Higher Education Institute, Tehran, Iran 3: Department of Industrial Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, 424 Hafez, Tehran, Iran 4: Faculty of Industrial Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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