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Priority Ranking and Consensus Formation

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  • Wade D. Cook

    (York University)

  • Lawrence M. Seiford

    (York University)

This paper investigates the problem of combining ordinal preferences, expressed as priority vectors, to form a consensus. An axiomatic structure relating to the concept of distance between rankings is developed, uniqueness of the distance measure is proven and its form derived. Adopting the median ranking as a form of consensus, it is shown that this ranking can be determined, in the case of complete rankings, by solving a certain assignment problem. The results are compared and contrasted to earlier work due to Arrow, Kendall, Kemeny and Snell, and Bogart.

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Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

Volume (Year): 24 (1978)
Issue (Month): 16 (December)
Pages: 1721-1732

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Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:24:y:1978:i:16:p:1721-1732
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