A Pictorial Guide for the  SAW Online Software

Working with saw software is very simple:  (1) Define the number of alternatives and the number of criteria (2) Enter the decision matrix data   (3) Get the full output

1. Enter the project name

First of all, enter your project name.

For example, in this project, the saw method is used to select the best college.

saw project name

2. Project Specifications

Here, you can define the number of alternatives and the number of criteria.


To select the desired name for the criterion, click on the criterion name and enter your own desired name that is short to write.

Enter each criterion in the column of the table, and then click on the button “Create Table of criteria”. This will create a table of criterion specifications.

In the criterion table, you can enter the name for criterion, criterion type and the weight of the criterion. The criterion type can be either positive or negative, which must be denoted by the plus sign (+) or the minus sign (-) in the criterion table. 


If you want to choose the desired name for the alternative in name column, enter your desired short name.


saw project info

3. Enter the decision matrix data

Here, you can fill the decision matrix based on the number of criteria and the number of alternatives. Criteria are placed in columns and the alternatives are placed in rows.

To fill the decision matrix, you can simply click each cell of the matrix and enter your own data.

It is recommended that you enter data in Excel in order to avoid wasting time and then copy and paste the matrix data from Excel at once.

saw data entry

As you can see on the picture above, experts include the following:

Add Expert: If there are several experts, you can increase the number of experts by clicking “Add Expert”. The previous expert will be automatically saved by clicking on the button “Add Expert” and the new expert will be added.

Delete Expert: The current expert will be deleted by clicking on the button “Delete Expert”.

Save Expert: The data of current expert will be saved by clicking on the button “Save Expert”.

The experts’ Status: The experts’ Status will be displayed by clicking on the button “The experts Status”

Mean: The average of all the experts will be observed by clicking on the button “Mean”.

As you can see in the picture below, the experts’ status include the following:

If all the expert data are completed and saved, the expert’s status is “completed”.

If all the expert data are not completed, the expert’s   status is “incompleted”.

If an expert has been deleted, the expert’s status is “deleted” and you can retrieve the data.

saw expert status

To observe the mean, the data of all current experts must be completed.

saw mean matrix

4. Get the full output

You can get the full output of the saw method. Here, there are all the steps of the SAW method along with the related tables or formulas.

saw result report

5. Download EXCEL and WORD

 Here, you can download the Word report file, Excel file and input data.

saw download excel