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An expert system for multi-criteria decision making using Dempster Shafer theory

Beynon, Malcolm James, Cosker, Darren P and Marshall, Andrew David 2001. An expert system for multi-criteria decision making using Dempster Shafer theory. Expert Systems with Applications 20 (4) , pp. 357-367. 10.1016/S0957-4174(01)00020-3

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Abstract

This paper outlines a new software system we have developed that utilises the newly developed method (DS/AHP) which combines aspects of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) with Dempster–Shafer Theory for the purpose of multi-criteria decision making (MCDM). The method allows a decision maker considerably greater level of control (compared with conventional AHP methods) on the judgements made in identifying levels of favouritism towards groups of decision alternatives. More specifically, the DS/AHP analysis allows for additional analysis, including levels of uncertainty and conflict in the decisions made, for example. In this paper an expert system is introduced which enables the application of DS/AHP to MCDM. The expert system illustrates further the usability of DS/AHP, also including new aspects of analysis and representation offered through using this method. The principal application used to illustrate this expert system is that of identifying those residential properties to visit (view), from those advertised for ales through a real estate brokerage firm.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dempster–Shafer theory; DS/AHP; Expert system; Multi-criteria analysis; Real estate appraisal; uncertainty
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0957-4174
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2017 23:51
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13714

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