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Fuzzy preference of multiple decision-makers in solving multiobjective optimisation problems using genetic algorithm

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Author(s): Surafel Luleseged Tilahun

Journal: Maejo International Journal of Science and Technology
ISSN 1905-7873

Volume: 6;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 224;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: multi-objective optimisation | multiple decision-makers | fuzzy preference | genetic algorithm

ABSTRACT
Most real-life optimisation problems involve multiple objective functions.Finding a solution that satisfies the decision-maker is very difficult owing to conflict between the objectives. Furthermore, the solution depends on the decision-maker’s preference. Metaheuristic solution methods have become common tools to solve these problems. The task of obtaining solutions that take account of a decision-maker’s preference is at the forefront of current research. It is also possible to have multipledecision-makers with different preferences and with different decision-making powers. It may not be easy to express a preference using crisp numbers. In this study, the preferences of multiple decision-makers were simulated and a solution based on a genetic algorithm was developed to solve multi-objective optimisation problems. The preferences werecollected as fuzzy conditional trade-offs and they were updated while running the algorithm interactively with the decision-makers. The proposed method was tested using well-known benchmark problems. The solutions were found to converge around the Pareto front of the problems.

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