Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2007


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making in Engineering and Technology Management

Course Number

ETM 530/630


In this paper we will bring in a decision making process of selecting the best laptop to buy for a college student. We used the Hierarchal decision modeling in order to construct the decision model. First we have to select the criteria that are important to our student. The paper discusses four different criteria as a base in structuring the decision model. When these different criteria are selected, another set of sub-criteria for every major criterion is chosen based on our team’s judgment as experts in this project. Each of these sub-criteria contributes as a part of each major criterion’s weight or relative importance. After selecting the criteria, the model is validated on ten of the most popular laptops in the year 2006. Once these steps are established, the model can be calculated; comparisons between the alternatives will be made and the best laptop to buy will be recommended based upon the criteria.


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