When a multiattribute utility function is only partially specified by prior preference statements, what can be said about the relative desirability of actual alternatives? This question is addressed for the cases of additively separable cardinal utility with unknown scaling constants; multiplicatively separable cardinal utility with unknown scaling constants; and additively separable ordinal utility. We review previous approaches, and treat issues of consistency dominance and potential optimality. In the additive cases, a key relationship between dominance and potential optimality may be derived. The paper concludes by presenting an example application to a well known nuclear siting study.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Management Science and Operations Research