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ABSTRACT

AN ODE APPROACH TO DECISION MAKING INVOLVING PAIRWISE COMPARISON OF CHOICES

Yuichi T. Otsuka UP Los Baos, October 2011

Adviser: Jomar F. Rabajante

In this study, an alternative approach to Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) for Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) was established. With the aid of pairwise comparisons among choices, three models using systems of ordinary differential equations were formulated. The models were used to observe the dynamics of decision making, as well as the qualitative behavior of the interaction that exists among the choices. Numerical and analytic methods were applied to solve the given systems of ordinary differential equations. Though the solutions to the three models differ in nature, the qualitative interpretations were similar. Further analyses were also done on some models, such as finding the period and the absolute extrema for bounded solutions.