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Are inconsistent decisions better? An experiment with pairwise comparisons

P. Linares

European Journal of Operational Research Vol. 193, nº. 2, pp. 492 - 498


This paper tries to contribute to the well-known and lengthy discussion on whether we should allow decision makers to be inconsistent, or, to put it in another way, if intransitive decisions better represent their preferences. We will focus specifically on the multiple-criteria decision making problem, since it is one of the most usual stances where this intransitivity appears. Results from an experiment carried out with graduate students shows that, when intransitivities are removed, the preferences of decision makers are not better represented, and therefore that the effort to do so may not be justified.

Palabras Clave: Decision analysis; Multiple-criteria analysis; Preferences; Intransitivity; Consistency

Índice de impacto JCR y cuartil WoS: 2,093 (2009); 6,400 - Q1 (2022)

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Publicado en papel: Marzo 2009.

Publicado on-line: Enero 2011.

P. Linares, Are inconsistent decisions better? An experiment with pairwise comparisons. European Journal of Operational Research. Vol. 193, nº. 2, pp. 492 - 498, Marzo 2009. [Online: Enero 2011]

    Líneas de investigación:
  • *Análisis de estrategia a largo plazo

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