, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 473–493

Estimating the weights for multiple attributes in a composite criterion using pairwise judgments

  • V. Srinivasan
  • Allan D. Shocker


This paper presents a new methodology for estimating the weights or saliences of subcriteria (attributes) in a composite criterion measure. The inputs to the estimation procedure consist of (i) a set of stimuli or objects with each stimulus defined by its subcriteria profile (set of attribute values) and (ii) the set of paired comparison dominance (e.g., preference) judgments on the stimuli made by a single judge (expert) in terms of the global criterion. A criterion of fit is developed and its optimization via linear programming is illustrated with an example. The procedure is generalized to estimate a common set of weights when the pairwise judgments on the stimuli are made by more than one judge. The procedure is computationally efficient and has been applied in developing a composite criterion of managerial success yielding high concurrent validity.

This methodology can also be used to perform ordinal multiple regression—i.e., multiple regression with an ordinally scaled dependent variable and a set of intervally scaled predictor variables. The approach is further extended to “internal analysis” (unfolding) using the vector model of preference and to the additive model of “conjoint measurement.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Srinivasan
    • 1
  • Allan D. Shocker
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of RochesterUSA
  2. 2.The University of PittsburghUSA

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