Title: A decision support tool
Authors: Charles R. White
Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Auburn University, Alabama, USA
Abstract: This report presents a decision support tool using paired comparisons to rank and weight a list of items. The techniques of T.L. Saaty, developer of the consistency ranking model, enable the user to detect inconsistencies, and provide an audit trail, or step-by-step breakdown of the entire ranking process, so that the process can be analysed further. The audit trail is possible because the program was constructed in modular form with top-down programming techniques, wherein errant data is pinpointed within a certain mathematical phase of ranking rather than necessitating a search through the entire program. The program was refined to make it as user-friendly as possible so that management-level decision-makers, who may not be computer experts, can use it successfully.
Keywords: computer-aided decision making; consistency ranking models; decision support tool; Saaty method.
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 1992 Vol.5 No.1, pp.37 - 42
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