Decision Making with the Analytic Network Process

Economic, Political, Social and Technological Applications with Benefits, Opportunities, Costs and Risks

  • Thomas L. Saaty
  • Luis G. Vargas

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 195)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 1-40
  3. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 75-92
  4. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 93-117
  5. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 119-131
  6. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 133-157
  7. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 185-211
  8. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 213-233
  9. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 235-253
  10. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 255-270
  11. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 271-294
  12. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 295-318
  13. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 345-360
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 361-363

About this book

Introduction

The Analytic Network Process (ANP), developed by Thomas Saaty in his work on multicriteria decision making, applies network structures with dependence and feedback to complex decision making. This new edition of Decision Making with the Analytic Network Process is a selection of the latest applications of ANP to economic, social and political decisions, and also to technological design. The ANP is a methodological tool that is helpful to organize knowledge and thinking, elicit judgments registered in both in memory and in feelings, quantify the judgments and derive priorities from them, and finally synthesize these diverse priorities into a single mathematically and logically justifiable overall outcome. In the process of deriving this outcome, the ANP also allows for the representation and synthesis of diverse opinions in the midst of discussion and debate.

The book focuses on the application of the ANP in three different areas: economics, the social sciences and the linking of measurement with human values. Economists can use the ANP for an alternate approach for dealing with economic problems than the usual mathematical models on which economics bases its quantitative thinking. For psychologists, sociologists and political scientists, the ANP offers the methodology they have sought for some time to quantify and derive measurements for intangibles.  Finally the book applies the ANP to provide people in the physical and engineering sciences with a quantitative method to link hard measurement to human values.  In such a process, one is able to interpret the true meaning of measurements made on a uniform scale using a unit.

Keywords

Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) Analytic Network Process (ANP) Decision Making Economic Applications Political Applications Social Applications Technological Applications

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas L. Saaty
    • 1
  • Luis G. Vargas
    • 2
  1. 1.Katz Graduate School of Business, College of Business AdministrationUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Katz Graduate School of Business, College of Business AdministrationUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7279-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7278-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7279-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0884-8289
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