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An Interval-Based MADM Approach to the Identification of Candidate Alternatives in Strategic Resource Planning

Jiuping Pan, Yonael Teklu, Saifur Rahman, Fellow, IEEE, and Arnulfo de Castro, Member, IEEE

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, VOL. 15, NO. 4, NOVEMBER 2000


Abstract

Multi-attribute decision making (MADM) methods have been widely used in strategic planning of electric utilities for selecting the best resource strategy with regard to the chosen attributes. In many MADM problems, however, the information available to the decision-maker (DM) is often imprecise due to inaccurate attribute measurements and inconsistent priority judgments. This paper presents an interval-based MADM approach in support of the decision making process with imprecise information. The proposed MADM methodology is based on the model of linear additive utility function but extends the problem formulation with the measure of composite utility variance. Its main contribution is to help the DM gain insight into how the imprecise data may affect the choice toward the best solution and how a set of acceptable alternatives may be identified with certain confidence. Sample case studies are provided to illustrate the concepts introduced in this paper.


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