Sensitivity, stability, and parametric analysis by Anthony Fiacco

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A policy analysis of Dutch river dike improvements: Trading off safety, cost, and environmental impacts. Operations Research vol. 42, no. 5, 1994,823-836. Zahedi, F. , Interfaces 16 (4) 1986,96-108 3 HIGH LEVEL WASTE REPOSITORY SELECTION Of the many multiple criteria studies, probably the most well-known is the study conducted by Woodward-Clyde Consultants concerning the location of a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste. Nuclear waste from power plants in the US is a major problem. In 1982, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act was passed by the US Congress, specifying a schedule for selecting repository sites .

The discordance index reflects the greatest degree of disadvantage of the first alternative to the 43 Multiple Criteria Analysis in Strategic Siting Problems other alternative. If the disadvantage of the first alternative on a criterion is less than p, there is no contradiction with the statement that the first alternative is better than the other alternative. The discordance index is calculated only for those criteria having a veto parameter. 0. If the disadvantage is between p and v, the discordance value is proportional to (disadvantage - p) I (v - p).

This means that improving "Expected deaths" is more important for the decision-maker than improving Operating costs. The decision-maker preferences are the same in both reference pairs. This means that the decision-maker comparisons are independent from other (equal) evaluations on the other criteria. Larichev and Moshkovich (1997) proved that, in the case of independence, the results of the comparisons of the reference options can be used for the comparison of the alternatives in the pair. In the case when the preferences in reference pairs are different, the criteria are dependent.

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