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The local geometry of multiattribute tradeoff preferences

The local geometry of multiattribute tradeoff preferences,10.1016/j.artint.2010.11.014,Artificial Intelligence,Michael McGeachie,Jon Doyle

The local geometry of multiattribute tradeoff preferences   (Citations: 2)
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Existing representations for multiattribute ceteris paribus preference statements have provided useful treatments and clear semantics for qualitative comparisons, but have not provided similarly clear representations or semantics for comparisons involving quantitative tradeoffs. We use directional derivatives and other concepts from elementary differential geometry to interpret conditional multiattribute ceteris paribus preference comparisons that state bounds on quantitative tradeoff ratios. This semantics extends the familiar economic notion of marginal rate of substitution to multiple continuous or discrete attributes. The same geometric concepts also provide means for interpreting statements about the relative importance of different attributes.
Journal: Artificial Intelligence - AI , vol. 175, no. 7-8, pp. 1122-1152, 2011
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