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Multi-criteria decision-making using interval-valued hesitant fuzzy QUALIFLEX methods based on a likelihood-based comparison approach

Research paper by Zhiming Zhang

Indexed on: 09 Jan '16Published on: 09 Jan '16Published in: Neural computing & applications



Abstract

QUALIFLEX is a very efficient outranking method to handle multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) involving cardinal and ordinal preference information. Based on a likelihood-based comparison approach, this paper develops two interval-valued hesitant fuzzy QUALIFLEX outranking methods to handle MCDM problems within the interval-valued hesitant fuzzy context. First, we define the likelihoods of interval-valued hesitant fuzzy preference relations that compare two interval-valued hesitant fuzzy elements (IVHFEs). Then, we propose the concepts of the concordance/discordance index, the weighted concordance/discordance index and the comprehensive concordance/discordance index. Moreover, an interval-valued hesitant fuzzy QUALIFLEX model is developed to solve MCDM problems where the evaluative ratings of the alternatives and the weights of the criteria take the form of IVHFEs. Additionally, this paper propounds another likelihood-based interval-valued hesitant fuzzy QUALIFLEX method to accommodate the IVHFEs’ evaluative ratings of alternatives and non-fuzzy criterion weights with incomplete information. Finally, a numerical example concerning the selection of green suppliers is provided to demonstrate the practicability of the proposed methods, and a comparison analysis is given to illustrate the advantages of the proposed methods.