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On getting meaningful “BOCR” results with ANP’s SuperDecisions software

Author: Wijnmalen, D.J.D.
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:Proceedings of 9th International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process - ISAHP 2007, 3-6 August 2007, Viña del Mar, Chile,, 1-11
Identifier: 464051
Keywords: ANP · Benefits-opportunities-costs-risks analysis · BOCR · Commensurateness · Weights · Formulaic synthesis


This note builds on a previous theoretical investigation of the validity of the synthesis of composite priorities on benefits, opportunities, costs and risks that were obtained from separate Analytic Hierarchy or Network models. More specifically, this note uses different monetary scenarios with known results that are all based on a common set of priorities on each of these four merits, and investigates whether or not the Super Decisions software of the Analytic Network Process actually reproduces these known results by formulaic synthesis. It appears that straightforward use of the software does not necessarily produce correct results. The note analyses the reasons for this and suggests ways of improvement.