On the measurement of intengibles. A principal eigenvector approach to relative measurement derived from paired comparisons

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

Publication date: Feb, 2013

Journal: Notices of the American Mathematical Society
Vol.: 60- Issue: 2- Pages: 192-208

Abstract: Nearly all of us have been brought up to believe that clear-headed logical thinking is our only sure way to face and solve problems. But experience suggests that logical thinking is not natural to us. Indeed, we have to practice, and for a long time, before we can do it well. Since complex problems usually have many related factors, traditional logical thinking leads to sequences of ideas so tangled that the best solution cannot be easily discerned.

Keywords: Intangibles, Eigenvector, Eigenfunction