An essay on how judgment and measurement are different in science and in decision making

Thomas Saaty
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
United States

Publication date: Apr, 2009

Journal: International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process
Vol.: 1- Issue: 1

Abstract: In decision making the priority scales are derived objectively after subjective judgments are made, and they reflect the importance of the influences we considered. The process is the opposite of what is done in the physical sciences where the subjectivity of interpreting the final number comes at the end.

Keywords: AHP, Priorities, Analytic Hierarchy Process, Decision making, Judgments, Objective science, Subjective science