Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2017


Ramin Neshati

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530/630


Hawaii is synonym with dream vacation for a lot of Americans. Nevertheless, even if someone has decided to go to Hawaii, choose an island might still be difficult. Hawaii is an archipelago included 6 inhabited islands. Every island has its own particularities. Depending on the expectation that a tourist can have, one island might be more adequate for him or her. In this paper, the author wants to select the more suitable island regarding her own expectations. An Hierarchical Decision Model has been created with 4 criteria and 11 subcriteria. The four most popular islands have been selected for the alternatives. The experts have different background in order to get a broad opinion. They made pairwise comparison using the HDM tool to evaluate the best island. Literature has been used as a data based for 2 Experts. The literature includes information from official website and scientific paper. The result of this research has shown that Oahu is the best island regarding the criteria chosen. For future research, we would focused more on the methodology than on the topic studied in this paper. THe HDM Tool is a complex tool and utilisation can be biased by a lot of factors. It would interesting to elaborate a protocol to avoid at utmost those biases.


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