Intra-rater and inter-rater consistency of pair wise comparison in evaluating the innovation competency for university students


  • Juan A. Marin-Garcia Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Pablo Aragonés Beltrán Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Mónica García Melón Universitat Politècnica de València



AHP, higher education, student assessment, peer assessment, self assessment, teacher assessment, multicriteria decision method


The aim of this paper is to propose a critical example to assess student competencies using the paired comparison as multiple criteria decision making tool based on analytic hierarchy process (AHP). We apply it to innovation competency in a subject with few students (10 master's students, divided into two groups). With the proposed methodology it is possible to create an ordered list for each group, having a distance between students (in one dimension) that reflects the degree of learning (knowledge, skills and attitudes). We found that the scores given by an evaluator for a student are consistent with the rest of the evaluation scores given to the other students in the group. It has also been found that the scores obtained by various sources (teacher, student self-assessment and evaluation of student peers) are consistent with each other. In the future, we should check whether this model is viable with large groups and we should propose a variant that allows sorting, in a list, people from different groups or convert the relative distance between group members in an absolute measure of the degree of achieving the learning outcomes set for the course.


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Author Biographies

Pablo Aragonés Beltrán, Universitat Politècnica de València

Departamento de Proyectos de Ingeniería

Mónica García Melón, Universitat Politècnica de València

Departamento de Proyectos de Ingeniería


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Marin-Garcia, J. A., Aragonés Beltrán, P., & García Melón, M. (2014). Intra-rater and inter-rater consistency of pair wise comparison in evaluating the innovation competency for university students. WPOM-Working Papers on Operations Management, 5(2), 24–46.



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