Applications of analytical hierarchies

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

Publication date: Mar, 1979

Journal: Mathematics and Computers in Simulation
Vol.: 21- Issue: 1- Pages: 1-20

Abstract: In a previous article which appeared in this journal I outlined some of the ideas involved in measuring priorities in hierarchical systems. It was my hope to show that when dealing with complexity, a hierarchical structure with ratio scale measurement provides a natural expression of the mind to deal with the detail of a problem. From the numerous varied applications we have made using these ideas, it would seem that most problem areas particularly those of concern to decision making can be dealt with through the theory of analytical hierarchies, when necessary incorporating optimization techniques and probabilities. We have also generalized the theory of analytical hierarchies to network systems with feedback.

Keywords: Hierarchical system, Ratio scale, Network, Feedback