How to Handle Dependence with the Analytic Hierarchy Process

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

Publication date: Jan, 1987

Journal: Mathematical Modelling
Vol.: 9- Issue: 3-5- Pages: 369-376

Abstract: Hierarchic and network systems are discussed as basic frameworks of unstructured problems modeled by the Analytic Hierarchy Process. A hierarchy represents a linear chain of interactions, whereas a network allows for feedback in the form of cycles and loops. A theory is provided for the priorities of a network system of which those of a hierarchy are shown to be a special case. Practical applications are illustrated.

Keywords: AHP, ANP, Analytic Hierarchy Process, Analytic Network Process, Dependence