A New Outranking-Based Approach for Assigning Alternatives to Ordered Classes

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Koksalan M., Mousseau V., Ozpeynirci O., Ozpeynirci S. B.

NAVAL RESEARCH LOGISTICS, vol.56, no.1, pp.74-85, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/nav.20315
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.74-85
  • Keywords: multiple criteria sorting, outranking relations, PREFERENCE, CRITERIA, SEGMENTATION, METHODOLOGY, EXAMPLES, SUPPORT


We consider the problem of assigning alternatives evaluated on several criteria into ordered categories C(1), C(2), ..., C(p). This problem is known as the multi-criteria sorting problem and arises in many situations such as classifying countries into different risk levels based on economical and socio-political criteria, evaluating credit applications of bank customers. We are interested in sorting methods that are grounded on the construction Of Outranking relations. Among these, the Electre Tri method requires defining multidimensional profiles that represent the "frontier" separating consecutive categories C(h) and C(h+1). and assigns an alternative to categories according to how it compares to each of the profiles. The explicit specification of the profiles of consecutive categories can be difficult for decision makers. We develop a new Outranking based sorting method that does not require the explicit definition of profiles. We instead require the decision maker to assign a Subset of reference alternatives to the categories. To assign the remaining alternatives. each such alternative is compared to reference alternatives, and assigned to categories accordingly. (C) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Naval Research Logistics 56: 74-85, 2009