Cultural Ranking of Countries Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process Methodology

  • Jinling LiEmail author
  • Yuying Yang
  • Thomas L. Saaty
  • Haixiang Guo
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1074)


Different countries have different cultures, but it is difficult to say which culture is best directly. This paper mainly established a hierarchy for the ranking of cultures to prioritize and quantify thinking about and comparing different cultures. It does not only pay attention to the different features of cultures but also focuses on manifestations of cultures. There are 9 criteria and 27 subcriteria in our ranking of cultures. To find some leading cultures in the world, we rank the cultures of different counties by using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). After we get the priorities of the subcriteria according to judgment matrix obtained by questionnaires, we create different intensity categories for each subcriterion. In the end, we obtain the top 5 countries: the United States, Denmark, Australia, Norway and Canada. The result may be significant for advocating the spread of the better cultures throughout the world. What do they have to offer that others need to emulate? That is what is considered in this paper.


Cultural ranking AHP Culture globalization 



This research is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 71573237, 71874165, New Century Excellent Talents in University of China under Grant No. NCET-13-1012, Research Foundation of Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of Education of China No. 15YJA630019, China Institute of Geo-Environment Monitoring No. 0001212016CC60013, Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province of China No. 2016CFB503, and Open Foundation for Hubei Provincial Ecological Civilization Research Center in China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) under Grant No. STZK2018z09.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinling Li
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yuying Yang
    • 1
  • Thomas L. Saaty
    • 3
  • Haixiang Guo
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementChina University of GeosciencesWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Wuhan University of Engineering ScienceWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Key Laboratory of Strategic Studies, Ministry of Land and ResourcesChina University of GeosciencesWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Mineral Resource Strategy and Policy Research CenterChina University of GeosciencesWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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