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A review of methods for capacity identification in Choquet integral based multi-attribute utility theory: Applications of the Kappalab R package


  • Michel Grabisch

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Ivan Kojadinovic

    (LINA - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Nantes Atlantique - Mines Nantes - Mines Nantes - UN - Université de Nantes - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Patrick Meyer

    () (Lab-STICC_TB_CID_DECIDE - Lab-STICC - Laboratoire des sciences et techniques de l'information, de la communication et de la connaissance - ENIB - École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Brest - UBS - Université de Bretagne Sud - UBO - Université de Brest - Télécom Bretagne - IBNM - Institut Brestois du Numérique et des Mathématiques - UBO - Université de Brest - UEB - Université européenne de Bretagne - ENSTA Bretagne - Institut Mines-Télécom [Paris] - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


The application of multi-attribute utility theory whose aggregation process is based on the Choquet integral requires the prior identification of a capacity. The main approaches to capacity identification proposed in the literature are reviewed and their advantages and inconveniences are discussed. All the reviewed methods have been implemented within the Kappalab R package. Their application is illustrated on a detailed example.

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  • Michel Grabisch & Ivan Kojadinovic & Patrick Meyer, 2008. "A review of methods for capacity identification in Choquet integral based multi-attribute utility theory: Applications of the Kappalab R package," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00187175, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00187175
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2007.02.025
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