American Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 4, Issue 6, December 2016, Pages: 277-282

A New Entropy-based Intuitionistic Fuzzy Multi-attribute Decision Making Method

Lanping Li

Department of Basic Subjects, Hunan University of Finance and Economics, Changsha, China

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Lanping Li. A New Entropy-based Intuitionistic Fuzzy Multi-attribute Decision Making Method. American Journal of Applied Mathematics. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2016, pp. 278-283. doi: 10.11648/j.ajam.20160406.13

Received: October 6, 2016; Accepted: October 14, 2016; Published: November 7, 2016


Abstract:The main task of this paper is to develop a new decision making method based on a novel entropy measure of intuitionistic fuzzy sets. First a novel intuitionistic fuzzy entropy is constructed, then based on this information measure, new weighting methods are proposed for the intuitionistic fuzzy decision making problems with the attribute weights are completely unknown or partly known. Further the intuitionistic fuzzy TOPSIS method is developed in this paper, and two examples are given to illustrate effectiveness and practicability of proposed method.

Keywords: Intuitionistic Fuzzy Number, Entropy, Multi-Attribute Decision Making, TOPSIS Method


1. Introduction

Because of the complexity and limitations of human understanding of the world, more and more management problems involve a lot of fuzzy concepts, such as, expected cost between 180 with 200 million, demand about 200 people. Therefore, since the fuzzy set was firstly proposed by Zadeh [1], fuzzy sets have been applied to various fields, especially the multiple attribute decision making problems based on fuzzy sets have been widely studied and applied to many field, such as supplier partner selection, military weapon system evaluation and selection of manufacturers [2-4]. Because of the complexity and the uncertainty of information of the actual management problem, in decision-making process decision makers often show some hesitation. In order to describe the hesitancy degree, Atanassov [5] proposed the concept of intuitionistic fuzzy sets. Intuitionistic fuzzy numbers can not only describe the general range of these fuzzy numbers, but also can describe the uncertainty of decision makers on the judgment of the decision makers. It also considers the degree of membership, non membership and hesitancy degree of three aspects of information, which can describe the fuzzy concept betwixt the more delicate describe the fuzzy nature of the objective world. It is the expansion and development of Zadeh fuzzy set theory [6]. In 1993, Gau and Buehrer [7] defined vague sets, and then Bustince and Burillo [8] pointed out that the notion of vague sets was the same with that of intuitionistic fuzzy set. In recent years, there are many intuitionistic fuzzy multi-attribute decision making (MADM) methods are developed to deal with decision making problems [9-11].

Entropy is an important measure to describe the degree of fuzzy set and the degree of uncertainty. Fuzzy entropy has been widely applied to pattern recognition, image processing, clustering analysis and MADM problem [12-14]. The research on intuitionistic fuzzy entropy has been concerned and studied by some scholars. For example, Burillo and Bustince [15] introduced the intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure for measuring fuzziness degree or uncertain information of intuitionistic fuzzy sets. Zhang and Jiang [16] defined a measure of intuitionistic fuzzy entropy by generalizing of the Deluca and Termini logarithmic fuzzy entropy; Ye [17] proposed two intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measures using two triangular functions; Verma and Sharma [18] defined an exponential intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure by generalizing of the Pal and Pal’s exponential fuzzy entropy. Wang [19] proposed an intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure using a cotangent function.

In this paper, we will put forward a new intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure, and then we will develop a new entropy-based intuitionistic fuzzy MADM method in which the weights information are complete unknown and partially known.

The organization of this paper is: In Section 2, the basic definitions and notations of intuitionistic fuzzy set are given. Section 3 constructs a new intuitionistic fuzzy information measure and proves that it is an entropy measure. Section 4 puts forward an intuitionistic fuzzy MADM method in which the weights of attribute are obtained according to the proposed intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure. Two examples are provided in Section 5. Finally, conclusions are given in Section 6.

2. Preliminaries

Definition1 [20]. Let  be a given universal set, the intuitionistic fuzzy set  is defined as , where the functions  and  are the membership degree and non-membership degree of respectively, and they satisfy for any. Further more,  is called the hesitancy degree of . Conveniently,  is called the intuitionistic fuzzy number, abbreviated as .

Definition2. Let and  be two intuitionistic fuzzy sets, then the operation laws can be founded in [20]:

(1)  iff

(2) iff  and

(3) The complementary set  ofis ;

(4) called  less fuzzy than, that is,

for

If , then ;

If , then .

Definition 3[21]. Let  and  be two intuitionistic fuzzy set,  is the weight of element then we can define the weighted Hamming distance measure between and  as

(1)

The intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure is given in Definition 4.

Definition 4 [15]. Let is the set of all intuitionistic fuzzy sets defined in . Then A map  called the intuitionistic fuzzy entropy, if it satisfies the following four conditions:

(i)  if and only if  is a crisp set;

(ii)  if and only if ;

(iii) ;

(iv) If , then .

3. A New Intuitionistic Fuzzy Entropy

This section will first construct a new information measure and then prove that it is a entropy measure for intuitionistic set.

The new intuitionistic fuzzy information measure is constructed as follows:

(2)

Theorem. The measure given by Eq.(2) is an intuitionistic fuzzy entropy.

Proof. To prove the measure given by Eq.(2) is an intuitionistic fuzzy entropy, we only need to prove it satisfies the four cases (i)-(iv) in definition 4. Obviously, .

For the case (i). Let be a crisp set. That is, for , or.It is obvious that .

If , that is ,

then for , we have

It is obvious that , then we can conclude that  or . Therefore the set  is a crisp set.

For the case (ii). If , then we can easily shown that  for the Eq. (2).

Now we suppose that , then for all we have

,

Then we immediately obtain the conclusion  for all .

For the case (iii). Because,

we have

.

For the case (iv). Construct the function

(3)

Where

We can easily derived the partial derivatives of  to x and to y, respectively

(4)

(5)

When , we have

and ,

That is to say,  is an increasing function with x and a decreasing function with y. Then when the conditions ,andare satisfied, we have ;

Similarly, it is easily proved that when , we have and , then  is a decreasing function with x and an increasing function with y.

Thus when the conditions, and satisfied, we have .

Therefore, if , we have ,

Then .

The theorem is proved.

4. New Entropy-Based Intuitionistic Fuzzy MADM Method

This section will propose a new decision making method based on the new constructed intuitionistic fuzzy entropy.

Now we consider a MADM problem including non-inferior alternativesand attributes . Here we let be the set of these alternatives and  be the set of these attributes. The task of this section is to choose the best desirable alternative from  non-inferior alternatives. Suppose that the evaluation values of alternatives  on attributes  are intuitionistic fuzzy numbers , Here  and  are the membership (satisfactory) degree and nonmembership (nonsatisfactory) degree of the alternative  on the attribute , and for any  and ,  and  satisfy the following conditions:

,  and .

Thus, a this intuitionistic fuzzy MADM problem can be expressed with the following decision matrix  as follows:

.

Let  be the weight vector of all attributes, where is the important degree of attributes (), and . The attribute weights information is usually unknown or partially known due to the limitation of time, knowledge etc. of decision makers in the decision making process. Therefore, the determination of attribute weights is an important issue which attracts great attention by many researchers [22-25]. This section will put forward two methods to determine the atstribute weights for the above-mentioned two cases.

4.1. Weighting Method with Unkown Attribute Weights Information

When the attribute weights are completely unknown, this section will propose a new entropy weighting method based on the new intuitionistic fuzzy entropy as follows:

Step1. Calcalate the intuitionistic fuzzy entropy of :

(6)

Step2. The weight of the attribute  is obtained as

(7)

Here .

4.2. Weighting Method with Partially Known Attribute Weights Information

In actual decision process, attribute weights information sometimes is partially known under intuitionistic fuzzy environment. To determine the weights, Xu [26] constructed an optimization model on the basis pf Chen and Tan’s score function [27] to slove the optimal weights. Wu and Zhang [28] solved the attribute weights by establishing a programming model according to minimum entropy principle. Inspired by reference [28], this paper will use the new intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure to solve the attribute weights by establishing a programming model as follows:

(8)

Hence, the optimal attribute weights is the optimal solution  of the programming model (8).

4.3. The New Entropy-based Intuitionistic Fuzzy MADM Method

This subsection will put forward a new intuitionistic fuzzy MADM method based on the above-mentioned work combining with the concept of TOPSIS. The calculation steps are given as follows:

Step 1. Calculate the attribute weights according to Eq.(6) and Eq.(7) when the attribute weights are completely unknown or partially known;

Step 2. Determine the positive ideal solution and negative ideal solution.

The positive ideal solution is defined as follows:

(9)

where  ().

The negative ideal solution is defined as follows:

(10)

where  ().

Step 3. According to Definition 3, the weighted Hamming distance measures between alternative  with positive and negative ideal solutions are respectively calculated as follows:

(11)

(12)

Step 4. Calculate the relative closeness degree of each alternative.

The closeness degree  is defined as:

(13)

Step 5. Rank the alternatives according to  in decreasing order. The best alternative is the closest to the positive ideal solution and the farthest to the negative ideal solution.

5. Numerical Examples

In order to illustrate the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed MADM method, two examples are given as follows:

Example 1. (The case of complete unknown attributes weights information) This example is adopted from Herrera and Herrera-Viedma [29], Ye [30]. Suppose that a company wants to invest a large amount of money to some project. There are four parallel alternatives to be selected: a car company (), a food company (), a computer company () and an arms company (). To choose the best desirable alternative, the decision maker consider the following evaluation attributes: the risk analysis (), the growth analysis () and the environmental impact analysis (). Using statistical methods, we can obtain the satisfactory degree  and non-satisfactory degree  for the alternative  satisfying the attributes  respectively. The intuitionistic fuzzy decision matrix is illustrated in Table 1.

Table 1. Intuitionistic fuzzy decision matrix.

Alternative Evaluation attribute

(0.45,0.35) (0.50,0.30) (0.20,0.55)

(0.65,0.25) (0.65,0.25) (0.55,0.15)

(0.45,0.35) (0.55,0.35) (0.55,0.20)

(0.75,0.15) (0.65,0.20) (0.35,0.15)

The calculation steps are given as follows:

Step1. According to the Eq. (7), the attribute weights vector is obtained as

Step 2.The positive ideal solution  and negative ideal solution  are respectively

Step 3. The weighted Hamming distance measures of each alternative from positive and negative ideal solutions are calculated as

Step4. The relative closeness degrees are obtained as :

Therefore, the ranking order of all alternatives is , and  is the desirable alternative. The ranking order is in agreement with Ye [30].

Example 2. (The case of partially known attributes weights information) The example is adopted from Li [31], which considers an air-condition system selection problem. Suppose there are three air-condition systems , to be selected. The decision maker choses the following evaluation attributes: economical (), function () and being operative (). Using statistical methods, The satisfactory degree  and non-satisfactory degree  for the alternative  satisfying the attribute  respectively. The intuitionistic fuzzy decision matrix is illustrated in Table 2.

Table 2. Intuitionistic fuzzy decision matrix.

Alternative Evaluation attribute

(0.75,0.1) (0.6,0.25) (0.8,0.2)

(0.8,0.15) (0.68,0.2) (0.45,0.5)

(0.4,0.45) (0.75,0.05) (0.6,0.3)

Assume the weights information of the three attribute is partially known, and the weights satisfies the set

.

The calculation steps of the proposed MADM method is given as follows:

Step1. According to the Eq. (8), we can establish the following programming model:

Then We the optimum attribute weight vector is solved by using Matlab software, and the optimal weight vector is obtained as .

Step 2. The positive ideal solution  and negative ideal solution  are respectively

Step 3. The weighted Hamming distance measures of each alternative from positive and negative ideal solutions are calculated as

Step 4. The relative closeness degrees are obtained as

Step 5. Based on  values, the ranking result of the alternatives is and  is the best desirable air-condition system. This reveals that the alternative is in agreement with the result in Li [31].

6. Conclusion

Intuitionistic fuzzy set is the extension of Zadeh’s fuzzy set, and it can deal the decision with decision makers’ hesitancy degree. This paper first construct a new intuitionistic fuzzy entropy measure and then puts forward a new decision making method for solving intuitionistic fuzzy MADM problem. Two weighting methods are proposed for the cases of weights are completely unknown and partially known. The new entropy measures can also be applied to the field of pattern recognition, image processing. The proposed intuitionistic fuzzy MADM method can also be applied to deal with other decision making problems, such as the project investment risk evaluation, material selection, robot selection and water quality evaluation.

Acknowledgement

This study is partially supported by Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province (No. 2015JJ3030 and No. 2016JJ4012) and Foundation of Hunan Educational Committee (No.15C0228). The author also gratefully acknowledges the helpful comments and suggestions of the reviewers, which have improved the presentation.


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