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Nuclear waste management decisions must include considerations of cost and social factors, in addition to dose limitation. Decision-aiding techniques, such as multi-attribute analysis, can assist in structuring the problem. Three indirect methods for deriving weights were devised, which were questionnaire-based. In order to examine the possible influence of the measurement procedures on the results, two of the methods were combined in an experimental design. The two direct methods for obtaining weights (the conventional rating scales and the direct rating task) showed good agreement and yielded different values for separate social groups, such as industrial employees and lay public. The main conclusion was that the elicitation of weighting factors from the public is possible, and that the resulting weights are meaningful and could have significant effects on the choice of waste management options.

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Authors: ALLEN P T, University of Surrey, The Robens Institute, Guildford (GB);LEE T R, University of Surrey, The Robens Institute, Guildford (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13201 EN (1991) 150 pp., FS, ECU 13.75
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-2237-1
Record Number: 199110247 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en