Using an IDMI methodology to make multi-criteria decisions

Hu, Eric, Zou, Linda, Langston, Craig and Huang, Wei 2003, Using an IDMI methodology to make multi-criteria decisions, in ISWA 2003 : ISWA World Congress 2003 & Ozwaste Trade Exhibition proceedings : Sustainability in a new world, [ISWA], [Melbourne, Vic.], pp. 1-13.

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Title Using an IDMI methodology to make multi-criteria decisions
Author(s) Hu, Eric
Zou, Linda
Langston, Craig
Huang, Wei
Conference name International Solid Waste Association. World Congress (2003 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 9-14 Nov. 2003
Title of proceedings ISWA 2003 : ISWA World Congress 2003 & Ozwaste Trade Exhibition proceedings : Sustainability in a new world
Editor(s) Iorizzo, Jeanette
Publication date 2003
Conference series International Solid Waste Association World Congress
Start page 1
End page 13
Publisher [ISWA]
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Keyword(s) multi-criteria decision making
critical criteria
Summary Multi-criteria decisions usually require measurement or evaluation of performance in different units and their mix by application of weighting factors. This approach leads to potential manipulation of the results as a direct consequence of the applied weightings. In this paper a mechanism has been proposed to overcome this problem. It is known as the : Interlink Decision Making Index (IDMI) and has all the desired features: simple, interlink (all criteria) and automatically and quantified influence of critical criteria (i.e. no human weighting needed). The IDMI is capable of reflecting the total merits of a particular option once the normal decision making criteria and (up to two) critical criteria (CC) have been chosen. Then, without arbitrarily weighting criteria, comparison and selection of the best possible option can be made. Simple software has been developed to do this numerical transfer and graphic presentation. Two hypothetical examples are presented in the paper to demonstrate the application of the IDMI concept and its advantages over the traditional "tabular and weighting method" in the decision making process.
Language eng
Field of Research 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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