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Handbook of Critical Issues in Goal Programming - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080406619, 9781483295114

Handbook of Critical Issues in Goal Programming

1st Edition

Author: C. Romero
eBook ISBN: 9781483295114
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 18th January 1991
Page Count: 136
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Goal Programming (GP) is perhaps the oldest and most widely used approach within the Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) paradigm. GP combines the logic of optimisation in mathematical programming with the decision maker's desire to satisfy several goals. The primary purpose of this book is to identify the critical issues in GP and to demonstrate different procedures capable of avoiding or mitigating the inherent pitfalls associated with these issues. The outcome of a search of the literature shows many instances where GP models produced misleading or even erroneous results simply because of a careless formulation of the problem. Rather than being in itself a textbook, Critical Issues in Goal Programming is designed to complement existing textbooks. It will be useful to students and researchers with a basic knowledge of GP as well as to those interested in building GP models which analyse real decision problems.


For post-graduate students following courses in management science, operational research and industrial engineering, as well as courses in agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries management and socio-economic planning which cover GP.

Table of Contents

Section headings: Preface. Acknowledgements. An Introductory Overview of Goal Programming (GP) and Some Related Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Approaches. Paretian Efficiency in Goal Programming. Good and Poor Modelling Practices in Goal Programming. Naive Prioritization and Redundancy in LGP. Hidden Nonlinearities in Linear Goal Programming Models. Goal Programming with Penalty Functions. Relationship between Goal Programming (GP), Multiobjective Programming (MOP) and Compromise Programming (CP). GP Applications: A Categorized Bibliographical Survey. Epilogue. Index.


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18th January 1991
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About the Author

C. Romero

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Agricultural Economics, Management and Statistics, Córdoba University, Spain


@from:R Tiffin, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
@qu:The book performs well its primary role in discussing the criticisms levelled at goal programming. The book will also be of interest to those not specifically involved with goal programming but wishing to keep abreast of economic modelling techniques in general.
@source:Jnl of Agricultural Economics
@from:E. El-Durzi
@qu:Goal programming (GP) is a widely used technique in operational research, but, despite its popularity, this approach has been criticized and in some cases the the results derived from GP models have been disappointing. In this book, the author has demonstrated that in most cases these problems are not inherent in the logic of GP but are the result of careless formulation of the problem and of unsatisfactory use of the approach. Throughout the book these critical issues associated with GP techniques have been well illustrated and possible remedies have been suggested... This is an informative and well structured book. It is designed to complement existing textbooks on GP. It wil be of interest to students and researchers with some knowledge of GP, as well as the practitioners who are involved in building GP models for real-life decision problems.
@source:Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 43, No. 9

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