Accession Number : ADA258202


Title :   A Methodology for Project Selection Using Economic Analysis and the Analytic Hierarchy Process


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS


Personal Author(s) : Battin, Jeffrey L ; Bender, Thomas J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258202.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 98


Abstract : This study examined the applicability of a multiple criterion decision making method, known as the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) , to economic analysis decisions involving project selection. Through a survey of the literature and current practices, it was determined that qualitative criteria were not adequately represented in a typical economic analysis of projects. Several MCDM methods were examined and the AHP was found to be the most promising technique to rate projects on a ratio scale. Two types of project selection problems, those involving nonmutually exclusive alternatives and those involving mutually exclusive alternatives, were examined. It was determined that the AHP was applicable to both types of problems. An investigation of the literature regarding non-mutually exclusive Problems revealed that zero-one programming could be used to select a subset of the alternatives with the largest total AHP rating. With the help of a software package called Expert Choice, the AHP was then applied to a previously completed Air Force economic analysis (with mutually exclusive alternatives) and the results were evaluated. This study concluded with the recommendation that the Air Force formally adopt the AHP into its economic analysis procedures.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *SELECTION , *AIR FORCE PLANNING , RATIOS , AIR FORCE , AIR , LINEAR PROGRAMMING , RATES , SURVEYS , RATINGS , HIERARCHIES , LINEAR ALGEBRA , BUDGETS , SCALE , THESES , ALGEBRA , COMPUTER PROGRAMMING , ECONOMICS , ECONOMIC ANALYSIS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE