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TPPCFI 2015 : Special Issue of Fundamenta Informaticae on Theory and Practice of Pairwise Comparisons


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Submission Deadline Mar 31, 2015
Categories    decision support systems   operational research   AHP   pairwise comparisons

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
Special Issue on Theory and Practice of Pairwise Comparisons


Weights or weighted parameters/attributes are part of most measurement, indexing and/or classification techniques. However when judgments are subjective, weight assignment and especially weights consistency is almost always problematic. A ranking or preference is usually defined as a weakly ordered relationship between a set of items such that, for any two items, the first is either “less preferred”, “more preferred” or “indifferent” to the second one. While most existing methods involve numbers, in many cases using only qualitative assessment might be more trustworthy. Formulas and rules involving numbers are considered as more scientific and credible than those that involve qualitative values only. This is obviously true when the notions of interest can be measured directly or indirectly, as for instance velocity, height, voltage, pressure etc. However, when it comes to subjective notions as love, importance, taste, beauty, etc., we have to be very careful when numbers are used. One of the ways to deal with such intangibile concepts is the pairwise comparisons (PC) method. The method based on the observation that it is much easier to judge the mutual relationship (preference, importance, intensity, etc.) of two objects than to do this for several objects.


Original contributions, not currently under review or accepted by another journal, are solicited in relevant areas including (but not limited to) the following:

- consistency definition and analysis,
- weights assignment verification and refinement,
- incomplete information,
- purely qualitative models,
- theory and application,
- classification and data mining (with PC method),
- software evaluation,
- validation and certification,
- risk assessment and analysis,
- requirements engineering,
- supply chain and logic management,
- quality control and assurance, process control and optimization,
- decision support systems (using PC Method).,
- practical use of pairwise comparisons method — case studies.

Editors for the Special Issue:

Ryszard Janicki (FI editor)
McMaster University, Canada

Konrad Kułakowski (guest editor)
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Submission Guidelines

- Follow the FI formatting guidelines at:
- Submit using the FI online paper submission system (
- When submitting your work, please:
+ select as a Journal Section „Special Issue”,
+ type in Comments for the Editor „Special issue on Pairwise Comparisons”.

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