publication . Article . Other literature type . 1987

The theory of ratio scale estimation: Saaty's analytic hierarchy process

Harker, Patrick T.; Vargas, Luis G.;
  • Published: 01 Nov 1987 Journal: Management Science, volume 33, pages 1,383-1,403 (issn: 0025-1909, eissn: 1526-5501, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
The Analytic Hierarchy Process developed by Saaty (Saaty, T. L. 1980. The Analytic Hierarchy Process. McGraw-Hill, New York.) has proven to be an extremely useful method for decision making and planning. However, some researchers in these areas have raised concerns over the theoretical basis underlying this process. This paper addresses currently debated issues concerning the theoretical foundations of the Analytic Hierarchy Process. We also illustrate through proof and through examples the validity or fallaciousness of these criticisms.
free text keywords: decision theory, analytic hierarchy process, ratio scales, Management Science and Operations Research, Strategy and Management, Decision theory, Analytic hierarchy process, Decision analysis, Rank reversals in decision-making, Mathematical optimization, Analytic network process, Ratio Scale, Artificial intelligence, business.industry, business, Mathematical economics, Mathematics
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