From the reviews:
"The main aim of the book is to introduce the modern tools and methodologies of the so-called partial order ranking for prioritization of objects by many different characteristics. ... is addressed to graduate students and specialists in environmental, ecological, and other applied sciences requiring ordering and prioritization of many objects by numerous characteristics. ... these new methods of partial order analysis can be insightful and useful, and extend the regular tool-kit of statisticians applying more conventional methods of PCA, factor analysis, data clustering, and segmentation." (Stan Lipovetsky, Technometrics, Vol. 54 (2), May, 2012)
Preface.- Why Prioritization, Why Ranking.- Partial Order and Hasse Diagrams.- Simple Combinatorial Structures.- Sensitivity and Ambiguity.- Structures of Partial Orders.- Hasse Diagrams Based on Transformed Data Matrices.- Reducing the Number of Incomparabilities.- Formal Concept Analysis.- Methods to Obtain Linear or Weak Orders by Means of Partial Order.- Comparison of Partial, Linear and Weak Orders.- Illustrative Case Studies.- Case Studies: Child Development (Sociology).- Case Study: Stream Channel Stability Infrastructure at Bridge Crossings (Engineering Sciences).- Case Study: Watersheds Analysis (Hydrology).- Case Study: Environmental Performance Index (EPI) (Human and Environmental Health).- Partial Order and Related Disciplines.- Partial Order and Software.- Ranking and Prioritization with Partial Order for Multi-Indicator Systems - An Integrative View with a Look Forward.- Appendix.- Index.
Discusses main topics of ranking applying partial order theory
Is about how far simple order methods can be useful for the ordinal analysis of data matrices
The reader will learn how to apply unclear methods in partial order analysis