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A non-linear non-weight method for multi-criteria decision making

Ping Heidi Huang () and Tzuong-tsieng Moh
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Ping Heidi Huang: Purdue University
Tzuong-tsieng Moh: Purdue University

Annals of Operations Research, 2017, vol. 248, issue 1, No 10, 239-251

Abstract: Abstract We apply the Perron theorem in multi-attribute decision making. We create a comparison matrix for decision alternatives and prove that the matrix is almost-always primitive. We use the limiting power of the matrix multiplied by a standard vector, which leads to a positive eigenvector of the matrix, as the ranking vector for decision alternatives. The proposed method does not require domain experts to assign weights for decision criteria as usually demanded by the weighted-sum model. The new method is simple to use and generates reasonable result as illustrated by an example of ranking best hospitals over twelve criteria. We also demonstrate that the weightedsum methods may not be able to reveal all possible rankings. We give one example showing that a weighted-sum method collapsed thirteen distinct rankings into a single ranking and another example showing that the weighted-sum methods could not produce the ranking that is unrenderable by linear functions.

Keywords: Multi-criteria decision making; Multi-attribute decision making; Pairwise comparison; Power method; Ranking; Weighted-sum (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1007/s10479-016-2208-2

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