Print Email Facebook Twitter Non-discriminating Criteria in theAHP: Removal and Rank Reversal Title Non-discriminating Criteria in theAHP: Removal and Rank Reversal Author Wijnmalen, D.J.D. Wedley, W.C. TNO Defensie en Veiligheid Publication year 2009 Abstract A non-discriminating criterion is defined as a criterion where the decision-maker is indifferent among the alternatives. One would therefore expect the final rank order of the alternatives not to be affected by removing it. A previously published paper by Finan and Hurley (Comput. Oper. Res. 2002; 29: 1025–1030) showed that in the analytic hierarchy process removing such a criterion from a multilevel hierarchy can reverse rank. In this paper, we offer an explanation of this particular rank reversal phenomenon and show how it can be avoided. We do this by taking into account that there is a link between the normalization and weighting processes, which suggests adjusting appropriate weights when removing criteria. Further, we discuss whether a non-discriminating criterion should be removed in the first place Subject Operations ResearchAnalytic hierarchy processNon-discriminating criteriaRank reversalDecision makingWeight adjustment To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:e4108745-cd7a-40fa-8515-4be532043f2f DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/mcda.430 TNO identifier 281688 Source Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, 15 (5/6), 143-149 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.