Making and validating complex decisions with the AHP/ANP

  • Thomas L. Saaty
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11518-006-0179-6

Cite this article as:
Saaty, T.L. J. Syst. Sci. Syst. Eng. (2005) 14: 1. doi:10.1007/s11518-006-0179-6

Abstract

Several examples that serve to validate the AHP/ANP with matrices hierarchies and networks are given in this paper. They are then followed by a discussion of the real numbers and how they are generated without the need for an absolute zero, and how they define an absolute scale of measurement that also does not need an absolute zero. In the AHP/ANP the measurement of an alternative depends on what other alternatives it is compared with. The result is that rank can change if alternatives are added or deleted, something that does not occur in one-at-a-time rating of the alternatives by comparing them with an ideal. An example is provided to show that this is natural and need not involve new criteria or change in judgments. A brief discussion of Utility Theory, the other multi-criteria theory, which uses interval scales to measure intangibles and some of its problems and paradoxes, is given. The references at the end include most of the papers that are adverse to the AHP with brief comments about several of them given in the paper.

Keywords

Analytic hierarchy and network processesvalidationinput-outpututility theory paradoxesrankcomments and criticisms

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas L. Saaty
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA