Mathematical programming methods for consistency and consensus in group decision making with intuitionistic fuzzy preference relations

Gai Li Xu, Shu Ping Wan, Feng Wang, Jiu Ying Dong, Yifeng Zeng

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Abstract

In group decision making (GDM) with intuitionistic fuzzy preference relations (IFPRs), the consistency and consensus are two key issues. This paper develops a novel method for checking and improving the consistency of individual IFPRs and the consensus among experts. To measure the consistency degree of IFPRs, a consistency index is introduced and then an acceptable consistency is defined. For an IFPR with unacceptable consistency, a mathematical programming approach is developed to improve its consistency. To evaluate the consensus degree among experts, a consensus measure is presented by the proximity degree between one expert and other experts. When several individual IFPRs are unacceptable consistent or consensus is unacceptable, a goal program is built to improve the consistency and consensus simultaneously. By the consistency and proximity degrees of individual IFPRs, experts' objective weights are determined. Combining the experts' subjective weights, the experts' comprehensive weights are derived. Then, an intuitionistic fuzzy geometric weighted mean (IFGWM) operator is proposed to integrate individual IFPRs into a collective one. Moreover, an attractive property is proved that the collective IFPR is acceptable consistent if all individual IFPRs are acceptable consistent. Two examples are provided to illustrate the validity of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-43
Number of pages14
JournalKnowledge-Based Systems
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016

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