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Defuzzification of groups of fuzzy numbers using data envelopment analysis

Al-Ogaidi, Jehan Saleh Ahmed (2016) Defuzzification of groups of fuzzy numbers using data envelopment analysis. PhD. thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

Defuzzification is a critical process in the implementation of fuzzy systems that converts fuzzy numbers to crisp representations. Few researchers have focused on cases where the crisp outputs must satisfy a set of relationships dictated in the original crisp data. This phenomenon indicates that these crisp outputs are mathematically dependent on one another. Furthermore, these fuzzy numbers may exist as a group of fuzzy numbers. Therefore, the primary aim of this thesis is to develop a method to defuzzify groups of fuzzy numbers based on Charnes, Cooper, and Rhodes (CCR)-Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) model by modifying the Center of Gravity (COG) method as the objective function. The constraints represent the relationships and some additional restrictions on the allowable crisp outputs with their dependency property. This leads to the creation of crisp values with preserved relationships and/or properties as in the original crisp data. Comparing with Linear Programming (LP) based model, the proposed CCR-DEA model is more efficient, and also able to defuzzify non-linear fuzzy numbers with accurate solutions. Moreover, the crisp outputs obtained by the proposed method are the nearest points to the fuzzy numbers in case of crisp independent outputs, and best nearest points to the fuzzy numbers in case of dependent crisp outputs. As a conclusion, the proposed CCR-DEA defuzzification method can create either dependent crisp outputs with preserved relationship or independent crisp outputs without any relationship. Besides, the proposed method is a general method to defuzzify groups or individuals fuzzy numbers under the assumption of convexity with linear and non-linear membership functions or relationships.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Defuzzification, Data envelopment analysis, Groups of fuzzy numbers, Dependent crisp outputs, Independent crisp outputs.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA299.6-433 Analysis
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software > QA76.76 Fuzzy System.
Divisions: Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 11:32
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 11:32
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/6015

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