Canonical multiattribute utility functions: Enumeration, verification, and application

Yerkin G. Abdildin, Ali E. Abbas

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In decisions with uncertainty and multiple objectives, the construction of a representative multiattribute utility function (MUF) is of paramount importance. When the attributes of a decision problem exhibit some forms of utility independence, the functional form is significantly simplified. When the complete utility independence conditions do not exist, it is still possible to simplify the functional form. An important special case in this instance is known as canonical form. This paper characterizes the number of canonical forms in a multiattribute decision problem and conducts experiments to determine their applicability in a borehole restoration problem in the uranium extraction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2288-2297
Number of pages10
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event13th Annual International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2013 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Jun 5 2013Jun 7 2013


  • Canonical forms
  • Deep borehole filter restoration problem
  • Interdependencies of attributes
  • Making decisions
  • Multiattribute utility functions
  • Solving problems with uncertainties
  • Uranium mining
  • Utility independence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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