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Multi-Criteria Decision Making Using Bayesian Networks

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posted on 2022-04-05, 08:42 authored by ABIDA SHAHZAD
In this thesis, we examine how to represent and combine the utilities elicited from multiple experts across multiple interdependent and uncertain criteria. We learn and formally represent those interdependencies using Bayesian network models and then incorporate the resultant probabilistic representations of utility as Bayesian decision networks. Treating utility dependencies explicitly has never been reported in conjunction to real-life multi-criteria decision-making problems. We present four different elicitation methods, namely, the Baseline method, the 4 Point method, AHP based method and causal discovery method to calculate the utility functions in the BDN and learn the dependencies among them.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Ann Nicholson

Additional supervisor 1

Kevin B. Korb

Additional supervisor 2

Steven Mascaro

Additional supervisor 3

Thang Cao

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Data Science & Artificial Intelligence


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Information Technology