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Multi-criteria analysis for dredger dispatching under uncertainty. (English) Zbl 1054.90581
Summary: Dredger dispatching is a complex decision making process in which multiple requirements and uncertain site conditions have to be taken into consideration simultaneously, for a specific dredging task. In evaluating the suitability of dredgers, besides quantitative assessments, qualitative assessments are often required to deal with uncertainty, subjectiveness and imprecision, which are best represented with fuzzy data. This paper formulates dredger dispatching as a fuzzy multi-criteria analysis model, and presents an effective algorithm for handling both crisp and fuzzy data in a straightforward manner. As a result, effective decisions can be made based on consistent evaluation results. An empirical study of a real case in China is conducted to demonstrate the applicability of the model. With its simplicity in both concept and computation, the model can be implemented as an effective decision aid in selecting dredgers for specific dredging tasks.

90B50 Management decision making, including multiple objectives
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