The analytic hierarchy process: can wash criteria be ignored?

  title={The analytic hierarchy process: can wash criteria be ignored?},
  author={James S. Finan and William J. Hurley},
  journal={Computers & OR},
We de"ne a wash criterion as one where the decision-maker is indi!erent among the alternatives when they are compared on that criterion. In view of the Belton}Gear example and other such anomalies associated with the analytic hierarchy process (AHP), we ask whether eliminating a wash criterion will a!ect the overall ranking of objects. In the case where there is only one level of criteria, the rank-order of objects is una!ected by leaving out a wash criterion. However, in the case where the… CONTINUE READING

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