Models, Methods, Concepts & Applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process

  • Thomas L. Saaty
  • Luis G. Vargas

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 1-25
  3. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 27-46
  4. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 47-70
  5. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 71-84
  6. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 85-96
  7. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 97-109
  8. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 119-133
  9. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 135-157
  10. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 171-182
  11. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 199-217
  12. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 219-233
  13. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 245-255
  14. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 257-262
  15. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 263-272
  16. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
    Pages 273-283

About this book

Introduction

Models, Methods, Concepts and Applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process is a volume dedicated to selected applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) focused on three themes: economics, the social sciences, and the linking of measurement with human values. (1) The AHP offers economists a substantially different approach to dealing with economic problems through ratio scales. The main mathematical models on which economics has based its quantitative thinking up to now are utility theory, which uses interval scales, and linear programming. We hope that the variety of examples included here can perhaps stimulate researchers in economics to try applying this new approach. (2) The second theme is concerned with the social sciences. The AHP offers psychologists and political scientists the methodology to quantify and derive measurements for intangibles. We hope that the examples included in this book will encourage them to examine the methods of AHP in terms of the problems they seek to solve. (3) The third theme is concerned with providing people in the physical and engineering sciences with a quantitative method to link hard measurement to human values. In such a process one needs to interpret what the measurements mean. A number is useless until someone understands what it means. It can have different meanings in different problems. Ten dollars are plenty to satisfy one's hunger but are useless by themselves in buying a new car. Such measurements are only indicators of the state of a system, but do not relate to the values of the human observers of that system. AHP methods can help resolve the conflicts between hard measurement data and human values.

Keywords

business decision making linear optimization marketing modeling multicriteria analysis strategy

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas L. Saaty
    • 1
  • Luis G. Vargas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1665-1
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5667-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1665-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0884-8289
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