Title: Making decisions in hierarchic and network systems

Authors: Thomas L. Saaty, Mariya Sodenkamp

Addresses: 322 Mervis Hall, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. ' Business Information Systems Department, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, University of Paderborn, Tuensberg 27, 59602 Ruethen-Oestereiden, Germany

Abstract: This paper summarises a mathematical theory of the measurement of both tangible and intangible factors, the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and its generalisation to dependence and feedback, the Analytic Network Process (ANP) and illustrates their application to making complex multicriteria decisions.

Keywords: intangibles; tangibles; measurement; judgements; pairwise comparisons; importance; likelihood; preference; priorities; synthesis; decision; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; analytical network process; ANP; mathematical theory; multicriteria decisions; multiple criteria decision making; MCDM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJADS.2008.017952

International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 2008 Vol.1 No.1, pp.24 - 79

Published online: 24 Apr 2008 *

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