Issue: 2015/Vol.25/No.4, Pages 51-69
THE IMPACT OF WEIGHTS ON THE QUALITY OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS' MULTICRITERIA DECISION MODELS
Cite as: A. Sielska. The impact of weights on the quality of agricultural producers' multicriteria decision models. Operations Research and Decisions 2015: 25(4), 51-69. DOI 10.5277/ord150404
Decisions regarding agricultural production involve multiple goals. A multicriteria approach allows decision makers to consider more aspects of the decision scenario, although it also leads to other problems, such as difficulties with the selection of goals or criteria, as well as assigning them appropriate weights. It is argued that not only do goals vary depending on the decision-makers’ socioeconomic features, but their relative importance changes as well. A simulation study has been conducted based on the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) database. We use the distance-to-the-negative-solution maximization model. Seven sets of criteria and different sets of weights are considered. The main purpose of the study is to determine the impact of weights on the quality of the model. Quality is assessed by comparing the optimal and observed values of the decision variables. The results lead to the conclusion that the differences between the quality of various models are small.
Keywords: Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN), agricultural producers, weighting methods, multiple criteria
Received: 28 April 2015 Accepted: 19 November 2015