A1 Journal article (refereed)
Task-based visual analytics for interactive multiobjective optimization (2021)

Hakanen, J., Miettinen, K., & Matković, K. (2021). Task-based visual analytics for interactive multiobjective optimization. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 72(9), 2073-2090. https://doi.org/10.1080/01605682.2020.1768809

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All authors or editors: Hakanen, Jussi; Miettinen, Kaisa; Matković, Kresimir

Journal or series: Journal of the Operational Research Society

ISSN: 0160-5682

eISSN: 1476-9360

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 72

Issue number: 9

Pages range: 2073-2090

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01605682.2020.1768809

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/70681


We study how visual interaction techniques considered in visual analytics can be utilized when implementing interactive multiobjective optimization methods, where a decision maker iteratively participates in the solution process. We want to benefit from previous research and avoid re-inventing ideas. Our aim is to widen awareness and increase the applicability of interactive methods for solving real-world problems. As a concrete approach, we introduce seven high-level tasks that are relevant for interactive methods. These high-level tasks are based on low-level tasks proposed in the visual analytics literature. In addition, we give an example on how the high-level tasks can be implemented and demonstrate this in the context of a real-world multiobjective optimization problem related to wastewater treatment plant operation. Finally, we make recommendations for implementations of interactive methods. We conclude that task-based visual analytics can help in implementing interaction between human decision makers and interactive multiobjective optimization methods.

Keywords: multi-objective optimisation; decision support systems; user interfaces; visualisation

Free keywords: decision maker; preference information; multiple criteria optimization; visualization; task taxonomy; user interface

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Reporting Year: 2021

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