When should fuzzy analytic hierarchy process be used instead of analytic hierarchy process?

Hing Kai Chan, Xuting Sun, Sai Ho Chung

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The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) has been widely applied in the last four decades, and a fuzzy logic version, the fuzzy AHP (FAHP), has also been employed in many studies since its formulation. However, it is not clear whether the FAHP is better than the AHP in terms of quality of the solution. First, the study demonstrates that the FAHP can provide a different solution than the AHP, regardless of which solution is better. However, it is also shown that such a difference does not provide an additional advantage over the AHP when a decision is proposed. Although the FAHP is a well-proven method, this study provides an insight on its practical applicability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113114
JournalDecision Support Systems
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Analytic hierarchy process
  • Fuzzy AHP
  • Fuzzy sets
  • Multiple criteria analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management

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