An argumentation framework for qualitative multi-criteria preferences

Wietske Visser*, Koen V. Hindriks, Catholijn M. Jonker

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Preferences between different alternatives (products, decisions, agreements etc.) are often based on multiple criteria. Qualitative Preference Systems (QPS) is a formal framework for the representation of qualitative multi-criteria preferences in which a criterion's preference is defined based on the values of attributes or by combining multiple subcriteria in a cardinality-based or lexicographic way. In this paper we present a language and reasoning mechanism to represent and reason about such qualitative multi-criteria preferences. We take an argumentation-based approach and show that the presented argumentation framework correctly models a QPS. Then we extend this argumentation framework in such a way that it can derive missing information from background knowledge, which makes it more flexible in case of incomplete specifications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory and Applications of Formal Argumentation - First International Workshop, TAFA 2011, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argumentation, TAFA 2011 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 16 Jul 201117 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7132 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argumentation, TAFA 2011


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