Abstract

This study proposes an evaluation method that integrates the existing ordinal, cardinal and matrix methods for decision making. Normalized values are recommended for the pairwise comparisons of evaluation items to determine the weighting factors. These values also assist in determining the weighting eigenvectors for alternatives of the potential products. Web diagrams are generated for all alternatives and their areas are compared to identify the most preferred one. The proposed method can reduce drawbacks of the Pahl and Beitz method and the Saaty method when the two most preferred alternatives have the same summed weighted values in the Pahl and Beitz method or the same composite weighting factors in the Saaty method.

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