Axiomatic aggregation of incomplete rankings Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2016 “IIE”. In many different applications of group decision-making, individual ranking agents or judges are able to rank only a small subset of all available candidates. However, as we argue in this article, the aggregation of these incomplete ordinal rankings into a group consensus has not been adequately addressed. We propose an axiomatic method to aggregate a set of incomplete rankings into a consensus ranking; the method is a generalization of an existing approach to aggregate complete rankings. More specifically, we introduce a set of natural axioms that must be satisfied by a distance between two incomplete rankings; prove the uniqueness and existence of a distance satisfying such axioms; formulate the aggregation of incomplete rankings as an optimization problem; propose and test a specific algorithm to solve a variation of this problem where the consensus ranking does not contain ties; and show that the consensus ranking obtained by our axiomatic approach is more intuitive than the consensus ranking obtained by other approaches.

author list (cited authors)

  • Moreno-Centeno, E., & Escobedo, A. R.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • June 2016