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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New Ed edition (14 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471329444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471329442
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.6 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,012,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book begins with the definition of decision making, seen from two viewpoints: the systematic procedure and the choice problem. It is the choice problem which gives the multicriteria character of decision problem, as in taking a decision several interest groups are involved.
Of basic relavance for the book is the fact that many spatial decision problems can be better solved in the interaction of GIS (which has been thought for spatial analysis) and multicriteria decision techniques. The book presents the framework for spatial multicriteria analysis.
In the first chapter basic concepts like spatial data, information and decision making are presented, as well as basic ways of organising these. Of particular relevance is the way how scales are set, but also the way GIS works, i.e. the capabilities of GIS systems for data inout, output, storage, management, analysis and many other functions, which are decribed in some detail.
In the next chapters the three phases for decision making, defined by the author, are looked at more detailed. These include the problem definition, setting the evaluation criteria, criterion weights, decision rules, sensitivity analysis (which means the effect which would be achieved after one particular decision), recommendation. Several techniques to assess criterion weights are presented, highlighting the advantages, disadvantages and fields of application for each.
A special attention has been paid to appropriate problem approaching by multiple decision makers. Also, later in the book, comparison and references to described techniques is made. A good example for it is the pairwise comparison method.
A distinction concerning evaluation criteria is made between two basic approaches: multiattribute and multicriteria decision making.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference 22 Oct. 2002
By GIS analyst - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well written and contains tons of useful information. I wouldn't try to do a GIS decision model without it. It describes common modeling mistakes to avoid and provides plenty of examples. I haven't found any other texts that are this in-depth, describing every step of the modeling process in detail.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great reference and very well illustrated 25 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for everyone wanting to learn more about decision making and wanting to understand the concepts behind it. The examples draw heavily on raster GIS, still the concepts behind various techniques and approaches are explained to the point. This books covers all and more of what you will ever need to know. The perfect and crisp clear step by step illustrations make this book a great textbook for academic teaching as well. My students were actually in awe that seemingly difficult concepts could be boiled down to a few simple pictures.
Good Book 17 April 2009
By Mike - Published on
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This is a very good book for those who are in decision analysis. However, the book needs more clarity of concepts and should include advanced concepts like Analytical Network Process (ANP),genetic algorithms etc.and their deployment to GIS. These are the precursors to become a "Hand Book" for GIS world.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for beginners of GIS. 17 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very good introduction about the combination of GIS technologies and multi-criteria analysis. The combination of both provide a good tool for planning and decision making
Four Stars 18 Jan. 2015
By Kelly Metzger - Published on
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Book came slightly damaged
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