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A linear implementation of PACMAN

Silvia Angilella, Alfio Giarlotta and Fabio Lamantia

European Journal of Operational Research, 2010, vol. 205, issue 2, 401-411

Abstract: PACMAN (Passive and Active Compensability Multicriteria ANalysis) is a multiple criteria methodology based on a decision maker oriented notion of compensation, called compensability. A basic step of PACMAN is the construction of compensatory functions, which model intercriteria relations for each pair of criteria on the basis of compensability. In this paper we examine a simplified version of PACMAN, which uses the so-called linear compensatory functions and consistently reduces the overall complexity of its implementation in practical cases. We use Mathematica® to develop a computer-aided graphical interface that eases the interaction among the actors of the decision process at each stage of PACMAN. We also propose the possibility to perform a sensitivity analysis in this simplified version of PACMAN as a nonlinear optimization problem.

Keywords: C00; D00; D81; Multiple; criteria; analysis; Pairwise; criterion; comparison; approach; Compensation; Compensability; analysis; Compensatory; function; Sensitivity; analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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