Ranking and multi-criteria decision-making approaches are useful tools to analyse multivariate data and obtain useful insights into data structure and the relationships between samples and variables. In this study, we present a new ranking approach, named Deep Ranking Analysis by Power Eigenvectors (DRAPE), which is based on the Power-Weakness Ratio analysis and provides a set of sequential rankings. Such a sequential ranking procedure allows to gather deeper insights into the analysed dataset. Moreover, by a “retro”-regression procedure, the relevance of each variable in determining the final rankings can be assessed, while a consensus ranking can be obtained by a Principal Component Analysis (PCA). In this study, we present the theory of the novel method, and show three applications to real datasets.
- Tournament tables
- Dominance matrices
- Multi-criteria decision making
- Power-weakness ratio