The Analytic Hierarchy Process

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 15:30

704 Thackeray Hall

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Thomas Saaty
Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

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The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is a mathematical theory for the measurement of intangibles in the form of priorities that include importance, preference and likelihood all derived from our innate psychophysical ability to make comparisons. It is based on eigenvalue-analysis both in discrete (with inconsistent judgments) and continuous form derived from Fredholm's equation of the second kind. It is generalized to networks (ANP) including neural nets (NNP). In the latter case solutions are derived in four division algebras: the real, complex, quaternion, and octonion domains. The Fourier transform in the space-time dimensions is taken. For quaternions people have used Fourier-Clifford transform and little is known about transforms for octonions. Applications in decision making are made particularly with respect to resource allocation and conflict resolution.