Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2004


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making in Engineering and Technology Management

Course Number

EMGT 530/630


Decision making, Hierarchial decision model, Metropolitan areas -- United States, Quality of life, Social indicators


This paper will introduce a decision making process of selecting the best city to live for four different scenarios (profiles). The four scenario alternatives are; first, a single college student; second, a married couple without children; third, a married couple with children, and fourth, a retiree. In order to construct the decision model, first step is to select the numerous criteria that are available for each scenario. The paper is narrowed down to eight different criteria as a foundation in building the decision model. Once these eight different criteria are selected, another set of four to five sub-criteria for every major criterion is chosen based on CNN’s data for a better refinement. Each of these subcriteria contributes to a portion of each major criterion’s weight. These criteria and subcriteria are to be discussed later. After selecting the criteria, the model is tested on six of the most popular United States cities. The reason for selecting these six alternatives is that these cities are well known and the data of each could easily be researched and plugged into the model. Once these are established, the model will be calculated; comparisons among the alternatives will be made and the best city to live will be recommended based upon the criteria with the influence of each scenario.

Note: The presentation associated with this report is included here as a supplemental file.


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