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Ranking

The ranking between alternativesA choice is a decision to select one or more out of a number of alternatives. This section contains five examples of choice structures which allow the ranking of alternatives. Each example shows that this can be done in a flexible and transparent manner. They demonstrate how experts and representatives of interest groups can build a decision structure and add importance to the criteria that are related to their function and position in the constructing of a decision. They also illustrate how a decision maker is able to check what the effects are of changing what he thinks important on the priority order of the alternative choices. These are the five examples:

Examples of Ranking between Alternatives

Pig Houses

Small Enterprises

Community Projects

Fields that have priority to be demined first

Mine Fields

Sluice Gate

The prefered method to produce pigs based on EU standards

Most suitable sluice gate regime in the Rhine/Meuse delta

Best regional community development project

Most suitable enterprise plan to support in an ethnic conflict prone situation

Each gives background information on the specific subject with the possibility of seeing the detailed contents of the Excel workbook in which the particular example of a choice structure is elaborated. This workbook consists of three groups of sheets: a first group containing for all the alternatives the "Head" data on the different aspects, a second with the "Guts" part of a choice with the possibility of giving a weight to different criteria and the last that shows the result of combining Head and Guts, which is the ranking of the alternatives. To find about the detailed contents of the workbook, one can download a PDF file, containing the information of the sheets, watch a movie showing the effect changing weights in one sheet has on the ranking order in the last sheet or one can download the workbook. This last option will allow an interested party to test the flexibility in weighting and ranking and to view the MS Excel programming features in the cells. For this we ask a small contribution in Euros, that can be paid through a secured 'Paypal' account or by a selection of commonly used Credit cards, guaranteeing a commitment from CERC, to answer any questions you might have.