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Many-Attribute Decision Making Using Iterative Attribute Subsets

[+] Author Affiliations
Laura Ziegler, Kemper Lewis

University at Buffalo - SUNY, Buffalo, NY

Paper No. DETC2016-60094, pp. V02AT03A020; 13 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2A: 42nd Design Automation Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5010-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


A unique set of cognitive and computational challenges arise in large-scale decision making, in relation to trade-off processing and design space exploration. While several multi-attribute decision making methods exist in the current design literature, many are insufficient or not fully explored for many-attribute decision problems of six or more attributes. To address this scaling in complexity, the methodology presented in this paper strategically elicits preferences over iterative attribute subsets while leveraging principles of the Hypothetical Equivalents and Inequivalents Method (HEIM). A case study demonstrates the effectiveness of the approach in the construction of a systematic representation of preferences and the convergence to a single ‘best’ alternative.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Decision making



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