Hierarchical multi-objective decision systems for general resource allocation problems

K. Shimizu, E. Aiyoshi

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Abstract

We consider optimization methods for hierarchical power-decentralized systems composed of a coordinating central system and plural semi-autonomous local systems in the lower level, each of which possesses a decision making unit. Such a decentralized system where both central and local systems possess their own objective function and decision variables is a multi-objective system. The central system allocates resources so as to optimize its own objective, while the local systems optimize their own objectives using the given resources. The lower level composes a multi-objective programming problem, where local decision makers minimize a vector objective function in cooperation. Thus, the lower level generates a set of noninferior solutions, parametric with respect to the given resources. The central decision maker, then, parametric with respect to the given resources. The central decision maker, then, chooses an optimal resource allocation and the best corresponding noninferior solution from among a set of resource-parametric noninferior solutions. A computational method is obtained based on parametric nonlinear mathematical programming using directional derivatives. This paper is concerned with a combined theory for the multi-objective decision problem and the general resource allocation problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-533
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Optimization Theory and Applications
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1981 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Two-level planning
  • decentralized systems
  • multi-objective systems
  • nonlinear programming
  • resource allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Optimization
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Applied Mathematics

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