The Logic of Priorities

Applications in Business, Energy, Health, and Transportation

  • Thomas L. Saaty
  • Luis G. Vargas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Prioritization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 3-13
    3. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 14-41
  3. Applications of Prioritization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 45-65
    3. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 66-82
  4. Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 101-117
    3. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 118-138
  5. Resource Allocation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 165-181
    3. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 182-192
  6. Prediction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 195-206
    3. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 207-226
    4. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 227-263
    5. Thomas L. Saaty, Luis G. Vargas
      Pages 264-278

About this book

Introduction

This book presents applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process developed by Thomas L. Saaty to deal with unstructured decision problems, together with case histories developed by him and in collaboration with others in areas of current societal concern. Its purpose is to provide the reader with examples of how to deal with unstructured problems, particularly ones involving socio­ economic and political issues with qualitative and intangible factors. These examples show how to use judgment and experience to analyze a com­ plex decision problem by combining its qualitative and quantitative aspects in a single framework and generating a set of priorities for alternative courses of action. The process has inherent flexibilities in structuring a problem and in taking diverse judgments from people, whether singly, in a group working together, or by questionnaire. Decisionmakers will profit from this approach. It makes accessible to them a framework for understanding the complexity of the system they are in as it impinges on the surrounding environment. To deal with complexity, we must first understand it. Systems thinking is necessary if all the important factors are to be considered. Complex systems problems can challenge and tax our logical capability to fully understand their causes and the consequences of any action we may take to solve them. Neverthe­ less, in time their effects on us tend to become better known than their causes.

Keywords

complex systems complexity environment rating science and technology

Authors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-3383-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-89838-078-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3383-0
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