On the relativity of relative measures - accommodating both rank preservation and rank reversals in the AHP

Ido Millet, Thomas L. Saaty

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Abstract

The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) has been criticized for allowing the introduction of new alternatives to cause rank reversals among existing alternatives. While in many cases this is a perfectly valid phenomenon there are also many cases where rank should be preserved. To address both contingencies the AHP now supports two types of synthesis procedures - one that preserves rank and one that does not. This paper proposes guidelines for the selection of one synthesis mode over the other. It also proposes several modifications to software implementations of the AHP to better support both synthesis modes and to reduce user stress over the choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume121
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management

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