Numerical representation of PQI interval orders
Ngo The, An; Tsoukiàs, Alexis (2005), Numerical representation of PQI interval orders, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 147, 1, p. 125-146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dam.2004.06.026
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Journal nameDiscrete Applied Mathematics
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Abstract (EN)We consider the problem of numerical representations of PQI interval orders. A preference structure on a finite set A with three relations P,Q,I standing for “strict preference”, “weak preference” and “indifference”, respectively, is defined as a PQI interval order iff there exists a representation of each element of A by an interval in such a way that, P holds when one interval is completely to the right of the other, I holds when one interval is included to the other and Q holds when one interval is to the right of the other, but they do have a non-empty intersection (Q modelling the hesitation between P and I). Only recently, necessary and sufficient conditions for a PQI preference structure to be identified as a PQI interval order have been established. In this paper, we are interested in the problem of constructing a numerical representation of a PQI interval order and possibly a minimal one. We present two algorithms, the first one in O(n2) aimed to determine a general numerical representation, and the second one, in O(n), aimed to minimise such a representation.
Subjects / KeywordsIntervals; PQI interval orders; Numerical representation; Minimal representation
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