An Adjustable Approach to Multi-Criteria Group Decision-Making Based on a Preference Relationship Under Fuzzy Soft Information

Azadeh Zahedi Khameneh, Adem Kılıçman, Abdul Razak Salleh

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Abstract

Group decision-making is a collaborative process to find optimal alternative based on an aggregation judgment. Various techniques have been suggested to solve decision-making problems; however, the rapid growth of uncertainties in industry and organizations highlights the application of fuzzy set theory and soft set theory in this area. In this regard, fuzzy soft model can be considered as an efficient tool in decision-making. To date, different algorithms have been proposed for solving collective decision-making problems based on fuzzy soft set theory. In order to reach the process of consensus, the existing methods have mostly used the t-norms, such as “AND” operator which can be successfully applied to individual decision-making problems including multi-source datasets. However, such approaches fail to consider multi-observer problems in group decision-making processes. Additionally, in the selection step, the existing methods lack a comprehensive priority approach; they focus on a hierarchical preference which ignores incomparable alternatives. To overcome these issues, this paper proposes an adjustable multi-criteria group decision-making approach based on a preference relationship of fuzzy soft sets. First, we construct two topological spaces over the set of objects, and then, develop a preference relationship of objects by using open sets of these two topologies. A multi-phase method is then designed to rank objects in multi-criteria group decision-making problems based on such preference relationship. We also extend the proposed algorithm to weighted case in order to have a higher level of adaptability with real-world problems. Dataset from “www.booking.com” Web site is applied to show the capability of this new method in comparison with results from the well-known literature approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1840-1865
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Fuzzy Systems
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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Group Decision Making
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Set Theory
Fuzzy Sets
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T-norm
Fuzzy Set Theory
Adaptability
Open set
Topological space
Fuzzy set theory
Relationships
Observer
Aggregation
Industry
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Keywords

  • Fuzzy soft set
  • Multi-criteria group decision-making
  • Preference relationship
  • Weighted fuzzy soft set

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  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence

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An Adjustable Approach to Multi-Criteria Group Decision-Making Based on a Preference Relationship Under Fuzzy Soft Information. / Khameneh, Azadeh Zahedi; Kılıçman, Adem; Salleh, Abdul Razak.

In: International Journal of Fuzzy Systems, Vol. 19, No. 6, 01.12.2017, p. 1840-1865.

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