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The Analytic Hierarchy Process and the Theory of Measurement

  • Michele Bernasconi


    (Department of Economics, University Of Venice CĂ  Foscari)

  • Christine Choirat

    (Department of Quantitative Methods, School of Economics and Business Management, Universidad de Navarra.)

  • Raffaello Seri

    (Dipartimento di Economia, UniversitĂ  dell'Insubria.)

The Analytic Hierarchy Process (Saaty 1977, 1980) is a decision-making procedure for establishing priorities in multi-criteria decision making. Underlying the AHP is the theory of ratio-scale measures developed by psychophysicist Stanley S. Stevens (1946, 1951) in the middle of the last century. It is however well-known that Stevens' original model was flawed in various respects. We reconsider the AHP at the light of the modern theory of measurement based on the so-called separable representations (Narens 1996, Luce 2002). We provide various theoretical and empirical results on the extent to which the AHP can be considered a reliable decision-making procedure in terms of the modern theory of subjective measurement.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari" in its series Working Papers with number 2009_24.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ven:wpaper:2009_24
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