Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2015


Kenny Phan

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530/630


Buying a new computer can be a complicated and intimidating process in which one must make a decision after attempting to evaluate and weigh multiple criteria. In order to make the appropriate decision, one must understand how each criteria factors into the decision, and which criteria are more important than others. Furthermore, each set of criteria is determined by the intended use of the device by the buyer. The decision process can be simplified through the application of a decision making model which helps the buyer arrange criteria, weigh different factors, perform alternative comparison, and make a decision. This paper illustrates this process using the Hierarchical Decision Model (HDM) and Pair-wise comparison to aid in the selection of a laptop for college graduate students.


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