Study Summary: The study sought to classify data regarding publications regarding MCDM analysis. The authors identified the method(s) of the publications, application area, journal of publication, year of publication, nationality of the author and identified a fuzzy or crisp rating for each application.
The authors note that initially, between 1999 and 2009, 1128 papers were published in more than 200 journals. However, many of these journals only had a single MCDM related publication. They narrowed the scope of their search to the twenty publications with the most MCDM related articles and found that these twenty publications contained 628 total MCDM related publications. Of these papers, 386 (61.5%) had a direct application of MCDM theory.
Next, the authors identified twelve key areas of MCDM application. These areas are as follows; environment management, water management, business and financial management, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and assembly, energy management, agricultural and forestry management, managerial and strategic planning, project management and evaluation, social service, military service and other. The authors then identified 27 MCDM techniques and cross referenced the MCDM techniques with the applications to produce this chart:
There is a detailed summary of each of the publications in their respective application area that I'm not going to go into here. However, there were some interesting overall findings.
The authors found that the number of MCDM related publications has drastically increased over the past ten years:
The authors also found that the overwhelming majority of publications were from the European Journal of Operational Research:
Finally, and what I found most interesting, was the author's nationalities and frequency of MCDM publications by nationality: