Special Issue "Algorithms and Models for Dynamic Multiple Criteria Decision Making"

A special issue of Algorithms (ISSN 1999-4893). This special issue belongs to the section "Evolutionary Algorithms and Machine Learning".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2021).

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Dr. Francisco Javier Santos-Arteaga
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Faculty of Economics and Management, Free University of Bolzano, Piazza Università, 1, 39100 Bolzano BZ, Italy
Interests: decision theory; operations research; information sciences; innovation; economic growth; institutional economics; wine economics; multiple criteria decision making; organ transplantation
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Dr. Debora Di Caprio
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Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
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Dear Colleagues,

The substantial increment in the applications of multiple criteria decision making (MCDM) techniques observed in recent years illustrates both their malleability and acceptance as problem-solving methods when dealing with conflicting criteria. Despite the impressive evolution of this research area, there is still ample room for additional improvements dealing with unexplored—though essential—research aspects. The induction of standard MCDM methods within the domain of dynamical systems is one of the most immediate ones.

When dealing with conflicting objectives, the design of specific algorithms and heuristic methods seems restricted to their implementation within multiobjective optimization problems, particularly when analyzing complex structures involving dynamic or strategic interactions across variables. The current Special Issue aims at integrating MCDM methods, such as TOPSIS, VIKOR, PROMETHEE and ELECTRE, within the domain of dynamical systems. In particular, it aims at bridging the gap existing between standard MCDM methods—generally implemented within static environments—and the dynamic interactions taking place across variables in many real-life settings.

An intuitive example regarding the preferred type of research is provided by the different dynamic extensions of data envelopment analysis (DEA) introduced in the operational research literature. In addition to the inclusion of a temporal dimension across MCDM methods, any potential development in techniques such as dynamic DEA or novel extensions of multiobjective optimization problems involving dynamic interactions across variables are welcome as contributions to the current Special Issue.

Dr. Francisco Javier Santos-Arteaga
Dr. Debora Di Caprio
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Keywords

  • Multiple criteria decision making
  • Dynamical systems
  • Algorithms
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • TOPSIS
  • VIKOR
  • PROMETHEE
  • ELECTRE
  • Multiobjective optimization
  • Uncertainty
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine learning

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Special Issue on Algorithms and Models for Dynamic Multiple Criteria Decision Making
Algorithms 2021, 14(8), 233; https://doi.org/10.3390/a14080233 - 08 Aug 2021
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The current Special Issue contains six papers focused on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) problems and the formal techniques applied to derive consistent rankings of them [...] Full article
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Constrained Eigenvalue Minimization of Incomplete Pairwise Comparison Matrices by Nelder-Mead Algorithm
Algorithms 2021, 14(8), 222; https://doi.org/10.3390/a14080222 - 23 Jul 2021
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Pairwise comparison matrices play a prominent role in multiple-criteria decision-making, particularly in the analytic hierarchy process (AHP). Another form of preference modeling, called an incomplete pairwise comparison matrix, is considered when one or more elements are missing. In this paper, an algorithm is [...] Read more.
Pairwise comparison matrices play a prominent role in multiple-criteria decision-making, particularly in the analytic hierarchy process (AHP). Another form of preference modeling, called an incomplete pairwise comparison matrix, is considered when one or more elements are missing. In this paper, an algorithm is proposed for the optimal completion of an incomplete matrix. Our intention is to numerically minimize a maximum eigenvalue function, which is difficult to write explicitly in terms of variables, subject to interval constraints. Numerical simulations are carried out in order to examine the performance of the algorithm. The results of our simulations show that the proposed algorithm has the ability to solve the minimization of the constrained eigenvalue problem. We provided illustrative examples to show the simplex procedures obtained by the proposed algorithm, and how well it fills in the given incomplete matrices. Full article
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Development of Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis Based on the Weight of Stakeholder Involvement in the Assessment of Natural–Cultural Tourism Area Transportation Policies
Algorithms 2021, 14(7), 217; https://doi.org/10.3390/a14070217 - 20 Jul 2021
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Multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (MAMCA) was developed with a process involving the participation of various stakeholders. Stakeholders express various criteria as measures for the achievement of their respective goals. In general, the assessment of each stakeholder is considered to have the same weight. In [...] Read more.
Multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (MAMCA) was developed with a process involving the participation of various stakeholders. Stakeholders express various criteria as measures for the achievement of their respective goals. In general, the assessment of each stakeholder is considered to have the same weight. In reality, the weight of each stakeholder’s involvement in policy decision making is not the same. For example, the government’s assessment weight will be different from those of local business actors. In this study, the authors developed a multi-actor multi-criteria analysis method by adding the weight of stakeholder involvement when making decisions about transportation policies that support sustainable mobility in protected natural–cultural tourism areas. The weight of involvement was developed through stakeholder participation. Stakeholders were asked to provide weights for all stakeholders other than themselves using the AHP method. The results of this weighting were then averaged and considered as the stakeholder assessment weights. Adding stakeholder weighting can also improve the quality of decisions by avoiding bias and following the principle of fairness in the assessment. Full article
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Design Optimization of Interfacing Attachments for the Deployable Wing of an Unmanned Re-Entry Vehicle
Algorithms 2021, 14(5), 141; https://doi.org/10.3390/a14050141 - 28 Apr 2021
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Re-entry winged body vehicles have several advantages w.r.t capsules, such as maneuverability and controlled landing opportunity. On the other hand, they show an increment in design level complexity, especially from an aerodynamic, aero-thermodynamic, and structural point of view, and in the difficulties of [...] Read more.
Re-entry winged body vehicles have several advantages w.r.t capsules, such as maneuverability and controlled landing opportunity. On the other hand, they show an increment in design level complexity, especially from an aerodynamic, aero-thermodynamic, and structural point of view, and in the difficulties of housing in operative existing launchers. In this framework, the idea of designing unmanned vehicles equipped with deployable wings for suborbital flight was born. This work details a preliminary study for identifying the best configuration for the hinge system aimed at the in-orbit deployment of an unmanned re-entry vehicle’s wings. In particular, the adopted optimization methodology is described. The adopted approach uses a genetic algorithm available in commercial software in conjunction with fully parametric models created in FEM environments and, in particular, it can optimize the hinge position considering both the deployed and folded configuration. The results identify the best hinge configuration that minimizes interface loads, thus, realizing a lighter and more efficient deployment system. Indeed, for such a category of vehicle, it is mandatory to reduce the structural mass, as much as possible in order to increase the payload and reduce service costs. Full article
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PROMETHEE-SAPEVO-M1 a Hybrid Approach Based on Ordinal and Cardinal Inputs: Multi-Criteria Evaluation of Helicopters to Support Brazilian Navy Operations
Algorithms 2021, 14(5), 140; https://doi.org/10.3390/a14050140 - 27 Apr 2021
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This paper presents a new approach based on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), named PROMETHEE-SAPEVO-M1, through its implementation and feasibility related to the decision-making process regarding the evaluation of helicopters of attack of the Brazilian Navy. The proposed methodology aims to present an integration [...] Read more.
This paper presents a new approach based on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), named PROMETHEE-SAPEVO-M1, through its implementation and feasibility related to the decision-making process regarding the evaluation of helicopters of attack of the Brazilian Navy. The proposed methodology aims to present an integration of ordinal evaluation into the cardinal procedure from the PROMETHEE method, enabling to perform qualitative and quantitative data and generate the criteria weights by pairwise evaluation, transparently. The modeling provides three models of preference analysis, as partial, complete, and outranking by intervals, along with an intra-criterion analysis by veto threshold, enabling the analysis of the performance of an alternative in a specific criterion. As a demonstration of the application, is carried out a case study by the PROMETHEE-SAPEVO-M1 web platform, addressing a strategic analysis of attack helicopters to be acquired by the Brazilian Navy, from the need to be evaluating multiple specifications with different levels of importance within the context problem. The modeling implementation in the case study is made in detail, first performing the alternatives in each criterion and then presenting the results by three different models of preference analysis, along with the intra-criterion analysis and a rank reversal procedure. Moreover, is realized a comparison analysis to the PROMETHEE method, exploring the main features of the PROMETHEE-SAPEVO-M1. Moreover, a section of discussion is presented, exposing some features and main points of the proposal. Therefore, this paper provides a valuable contribution to academia and society since it represents the application of an MCDA method in the state of the art, contributing to the decision-making resolution of the most diverse real problems. Full article
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Multiple Criteria Decision Making and Prospective Scenarios Model for Selection of Companies to Be Incubated
Algorithms 2021, 14(4), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/a14040111 - 30 Mar 2021
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This paper proposes a model to evaluate business projects to get into an incubator, allowing to rank them in order of selection priority. The model combines the Momentum method to build prospective scenarios and the AHP-TOPSIS-2N Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method to [...] Read more.
This paper proposes a model to evaluate business projects to get into an incubator, allowing to rank them in order of selection priority. The model combines the Momentum method to build prospective scenarios and the AHP-TOPSIS-2N Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method to rank the alternatives. Six business projects were evaluated to be incubated. The Momentum method made it possible for us to create an initial core of criteria for the evaluation of incubation projects. The AHP-TOPSIS-2N method supported the decision to choose the company to be incubated by ranking the alternatives in order of relevance. Our evaluation model has improved the existing models used by incubators. This model can be used and/or adapted by any incubator to evaluate the business projects to be incubated. The set of criteria for the evaluation of incubation projects is original and the use of prospective scenarios with an MCDM method to evaluate companies to be incubated does not exist in the literature. Full article
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Number of Financial Indicators as a Factor of Multi-Criteria Analysis via the TOPSIS Technique: A Municipal Case Study
Algorithms 2021, 14(2), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/a14020064 - 19 Feb 2021
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Multi-criteria analysis is a decision-making and efficiency assessment tool for application in both the private and public sectors. Its application is preceded by the selection of suitable indicators and a homogenous set of variants, as well as suitable methods based on the nature [...] Read more.
Multi-criteria analysis is a decision-making and efficiency assessment tool for application in both the private and public sectors. Its application is preceded by the selection of suitable indicators and a homogenous set of variants, as well as suitable methods based on the nature of the input data. The goal of the submitted research is to highlight the importance of selecting suitable indicators using a case study assessment of the financial health of a municipality—more precisely, the efficiency of management of this municipality. Four key indicators, thirty-two homogenous subjects, and one multi-criteria analysis method were identified in this study based on the theoretical foundations of the specific issue. These elements were processed into a total of 14 variants depending on the number of assessed indicators. Then, these results were subjected to statistical verification alongside verification using the Jaccard index. Based on the acquired results, we highlight the need for correct and expert identification of the relevant sets of alternatives (the criteria matrix) and expert discussion, which should precede the selection of the assessed indicators and objectify this selection process as much as possible. Assessment based on a low number of indicators was shown to be insufficient, highly variable, and diverse, and these differences were partially eliminated as the number of assessed indicators increased. Full article
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