A criterion provides a basis for a decision that can be measured and evaluated by a set of one or more attributes (Eastman 2006). The set of criteria in a decision analysis should reflect all concerns relevant to the decision problem, and include measures for achieving decision makers’ objectives. Such measures are called attributes. Criteria evaluate alternatives (Malczewski 1999). A criterion may implicitly or explicitly imply a constraint (Turban et al. 2005). Regardless of the complexity of decision problem, criteria may be arranged in a decision hierarchy.


evaluation criterion; factor

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Eastman 2006; Malczewski 1999, p. 97; Turban et al. 2005, p.61




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Keith Reynolds

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