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SuperDecisions Tutorial: AHP Sensitivity Analysis

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation
Sensitivity analysis is used to analyze how the priorities of the alternative solutions change as we vary the priority of one or more decision making factors (criteria).

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Gross National Happiness: An AHP based Strategic Multi Criteria Analysis for Business

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Rana Pratap Singh, Ph. D., Shashi Bhattarai, Ananta Man Singh
Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a multi-criteria well-being measurement system in Bhutan. The four pillars of GNH considered are political, economic, cultural and environmental. There are nine domains and thirty three indicators of GNH, which generates the GNH Index, a holistic representation o...

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Decision Mentor

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Shashi Bhattarai - Development Dynamics, Sovit Poudel - Truneary Solutions
AHP FOR EVERYBODY: INNOVATION THROUGH MOBILE APPLICATION FOR PERSONAL DECISIONS An Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) based mobile application for day to day use. Growing internet enabled information reach to individuals via smartphone has created potential for individual decision support systems....

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SHOULD THE UK HAVE BREXITED THE EUROPEAN UNION?

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty, Lirong Wei
The European Union is a great and inspired step towards economic unity and in particular financial, social, and political unity. Is it beneficial to the UK and to the world at large in the long run that the UK has broken off from the European Union in its Brexit with dissent coming from Londoners...

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Fulfillment of Life

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty, H J Zoffer, Lirong Wei
Is there a way to assess how satisfied one is with one’s life to date? How close one has come to meeting one’s personal aspirations? There has been no immediate process available whereby we can articulate what we wanted for ourselves in a wide variety of aspects or to measure how close we have co...

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Peruvian Hostage Crisis

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty, Enrique Mu
MRTA Members storm Japanese embassy and take hostages. They demand release of jailed leaders and comrades. What should the government do? Can AHP help? AHP can help us understand the issues surrounding conflict resolutions but it is still up to people to make the choices!

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Meaningless number crunching

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty
Numbers need to be interpreted as to how they serve your purpose; otherwise they are meaningless. Here are some examples.

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Decision making cartoons

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation
Cartoons of decision making

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AHP Cartoon in Italian

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation
An illustrated guide to the Analytic Hierarchy Process in Italian

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AHP Cartoon in French

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation
An illustrated guide to the Analytic Hierarchy Process in French

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AHP Cartoon in English

Level: Beginner
Author(s): The analytic sciences corporation
An illustrated guide to the Analytic Hierarchy Process in English

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Architectural Design by the Analytic Hierarchy Process

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty, Miguel H. Beltran
The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), which is explained and applied in another article in the same journal, is used to illustrate the architectural design of a house for a family of three. The plan of the house was develop to satisfy the family's needs by considering the size of the lot, the...

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The Essentials of the Analytic Network Process with Seven Examples

Level: Beginner
Author(s): The Super Decisions Software , Thomas Saaty
Every Project should have a summary with the following figures and tables included 1. Title with brief explanation of what the problem is and why a decision is needed. 2. BOCR networks compactly shown 3. Table of the BOCR control criteria, subcriteria and their priorities 4. Table of t...

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Designing Mouse trap and Catamaran with AHP

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty
To design a new mousetrap, initial thinking centered around how today's mousetraps function and what makes them effective. Brainstorming revealed various methods of exterminating a rodent's life.

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Architectural Design by AHP

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Miguel H. Beltran, Thomas Saaty
The presentation goes with a paper published by Thomas Saaty and Miguel H. Beltran. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), which is explained and applied in another article in the same journal, is used to illustrate the architectural design of a house for a family of three. The plan of the house...

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Thomas Saaty on AHP in Prediction, Projection and Forecasting

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty, Creative Decisions Foundation
Thomas Saaty discusses using AHP to successfully predict presidential elections in the US since Jimmy Carter in 1980. The AHP was used to project when the US economy would turn around in 1990, 2001 and 2008. Outcomes of sporting events have been predicted by combining judgment with statistical da...

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Tom Saaty on Pandemics

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
Saaty in 2006 lecturing about prioritizing in a pandemic. Bird flu in 1997 and the SARS epidemic in 2002 to 2003 had awakened the world to the dangers of a pandemic, but the effects Tom talks about were little mentioned then. We're aware of them now in 2020.

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Rating Examples

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
This is an AHP ratings example for giving Salary Raises to Employees. The Ratings approach of AHP is used to rate employees one-at-a-time for their work performance on company criteria. Their performance scores are used to proportionately allocate the money available for salary raises among the e...

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AHP Introductory Example: School Selection

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
Thomas Saaty presents an introductory AHP example where we try to choose the best school. This is an example to help you understand how the method works.

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AHP Introductory Example: Predicting Drinks Consumption in USA

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
Thomas Saaty presents an introductory AHP example where you try to estimate the drinks consumption in USA.

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The origins of AHP

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
How to combine elements with different orders of magnitude in an AHP model? This is an example of using linking pin elements between groups of different magnitudes.

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Comparing Apples

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
Thomas Saaty compares apples by entering ratios of their sizes in an AHP pairwise comparison matrix. It leads to a valid answer and he explains that ratios are also used when comparing elements on an intangible property. It is a validation exercise. To validate a process you use it to see if give...

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What is the pairwise comparison matrix?

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
Thomas Saaty talks about the thinking that led him to develop the reciprocal pairwise comparison matrix and how it systematizes and improves the development of priorities.

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How did Thomas Saaty come up with the 1-9 AHP scale?

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
The video explored the 1-9 scale that is used in AHP and ANP.

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Thomas Saaty on Objectivity

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Creative Decisions Foundation, Thomas Saaty
When someone says be objective, what can they possibly mean? Tom Saaty offers his philosophy on objectivity, even our interpretation of numbers is subjective, depending on our purpose.

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AHP and ANP for beginners - Dependence and Feedback in Single Networks

Level: Beginner
Author(s): Thomas Saaty
This presentation is a lecture on Dependence and Feedback in Single Networks. This is for AHP and ANP beginners. It includes concepts of scales, synthesis, pairwise comparisons, linear hierarchy, and ANP involves dependence and feedback with examples.

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