Synopses & Reviews
This book gives an up-to-date overview of Multiple Criteria Decision Aid. It covers the different trends in MCDA Research, not only in terms of "methods" but also in discussion of fundamental methodological aspects, basic theoretical concepts and conditions and problems embodying a robust real-world decision aid practice. Emphasis is also given on MCDA software descriptions, which are significant tools for aiding "analysts" in aiding "decision-makers". The book constitutes also a good textbook for MCDM teaching and includes references for a deeper study of the various multicriteria approaches.
Multiple Criteria Decision Aid is a field which has seen important developments in the last few years. This is not only illustrated by the increasing number of papers and communications in the scientific journals and Congresses, but also by the activities of several international working groups. In 1983, a first Summer School was organised at Catania (Sicily) to promote multicriteria decision-aid in companies and to encourage specialists to exchange didactic material. The second School was held in 1985 at Narnur (Belgium) and I am pleased now to present the selected readings from the "Third International Summer School on Multicriteria Decision Aid: Methods, Applications and Software", which took place in Monte Estoril (Portugal), in 1988. was the quality of the contributions presented by the Such during the Summer School that I have decided to take lecturers advantage of this opportunity to produce a more carefully prepared and homogeneous book rather than a simple volume of proceedings. All the initial versions of the selected papers were revised and some, although not included in the programme of the School, were written in order to give a more complete overview of the MCDA field.
Multiple Criteria Decision Aid is a field which has seen important developments in the last few years. This book gives an up-to-date overview of the trends in research and of fundamental methodological aspects.