A dynamic multi-criteria decision making model with bipolar linguistic term sets
Type of publication: International Journal
Year of publication: 2018
Type: Expert Systems with Applications
ISSN number: 0957-4174
Keywords: membership function
Abstract: Abstract Real world decision making problems under uncertainty face different challenges. These challenges include lack of information, the necessity of quick decisions, and problems may change across time. When the uncertainty involved is due to fuzziness and vagueness, the use of fuzzy linguistic information can facilitate the elicitation of decision makers preferences of alternatives by allowing assessment of alternatives in unipolar scales. However, in some cases decision makers need to express negative, positive and neutral attitudes that cannot be modeled by unipolar scales. This paper aims at developing a dynamic linguistic multi-criteria decision making model dealing with bipolar linguistic scales in which both alternatives and criteria may vary across time. In order to consider the historical evolution of alternatives leading up to the current assessments, a fusion process based on transformation functions and uninorm aggregation operator is proposed to deal with the membership functions of bipolar linguistic assessments. Finally the performance of this model is compared with a non-dynamic method in a supplier selection problem.