MAUD (Multiattribute Utility Decomposition): An Interactive Computer Program for the Structuring, Decomposition, and Recomposition of Preferences between Multiattributed Alternatives
BRUNEL UNIV UXBRIDGE (UNITED KINGDOM) INST OF ORGANISATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
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This report describes the use and operation of Multiattribute Utility Decomposition MAUD, an interactive computer program for the structuring, decomposition, and recomposition of preferences between multiattributed alternatives. MAUD is designed as a decision aid, helping the decision maker in any and all of the above operations. MAUD is of use in situations in which the user has an intuitive feel for relevant aspects of the decision-making and problem but has not as yet uncovered its precise worth structure, or where we are interested in how the users idiosyncratic worth structure is mapped onto the problem situation. MAUD is designed for direct interfacing of client decision maker, expert and decision problems in a hands on approach. As such, it is designed to interact directly with the client, without using a decision analyst or technician as an intermediary. The decision analyst, in discussing the problem with the client before using MAUD, will wish to arrive at an agreed definition of the set of alternatives whose worth structure MAUD is to investigate and the goals under which the worth structure is subsumed. However, once these issues have been defined, the decision analyst is advised to let MAUD take over structuring decomposition and recomposition of preferences between alternatives in direct interaction with the user.
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