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A Multi-Criteria Evaluation Framework for Fish Farms

Constanţa Zoie RĂDULESCU1, Magdalena Turek RAHOVEANU2
1 I C I Bucharest
(National Institute for R & D in Informatics)
8-10 Averescu Blvd.
011455 Bucharest 1, Romania
2 Institute for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
Bd. Marasti nr. 61, Bucharest 1, RO-011464, Romania

Abstract: This paper presents a multi-criteria evaluation framework which integrates the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the Simple Additive Weighting (SAW) methods. This approach takes into consideration subjective judgments of the decision makers. The criteria weights are calculated by using the AHP method. Subsequently, rankings of the alternatives are determined by the SAW method. Our multi-criteria evaluation framework is used for evaluating the performance of a fish farm, called Malina, located near the villages Sendreni and Smardan, Galati county, Romania. The analysis ranks the performance of the fish farm over a period of seven years, so the output is a trend over time reflecting the progress of the fish farm. The proposed framework enables the decision makers to better understand the whole evaluation process. It provides a more accurate, effective, and systematic evaluation tool.

Keywords: evaluation framework, multi-criteria model, AHP, SAW, fish farm.

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Constanţa Zoie RĂDULESCU, Magdalena Turek RAHOVEANU, A Multi-Criteria Evaluation Framework for Fish Farms, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 20 (2), pp. 181-186, 2011.