Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2009


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530


The project demonstrates the use of decision making model in the selection of a place to live for a new student who just came to Portland State University (PSU.) A hierarchical decision model (HDM) was selected as a tool and the model was constructed to fulfill the objective of selecting the best place to live. The goal with respect to cost efficiency, convenience, and safety were identified based on the objective. The criteria and sub-criteria were listed as the living condition with respect to each goal. The alternatives were chosen for both on-campus and off-campus housings. The experts were selected from a group of international graduate students to weight their preferences based on the HDM model. Finally, utility value was used to compare each characteristic of all alternatives and the alternative with the most preference score based on HDM was identified.


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