Attitude Quantifier Based Possibility Distribution Generation Method for Hesitant Fuzzy Linguistic Group Decision Making

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2020-01-18

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Elsevier

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The possibility distribution-based approach is one of the powerful tools available to manage hesitant fuzzy linguistic term set (HFLTS) information. However, existing possibility distribution studies have not considered the experts’ satisfied preference for HFLTSs in the process of generating the possibility distribution. This paper aims at filling this research gap. To achieve this goal, a novel possibility distribution generation method based on the concept of linguistic quantifier is proposed. This is accomplished by defining a new attitude linguistic quantifier, which is supported with theoretical results to analyze the relationship between the proposed attitude linguistic quantifier with the original linguistic quantifier, attitude indices and the expected linguistic term. The new possibility distribution generation method is proved to be (1) more general than the two main existing approaches, which are particular cases for specific linguistic quantifiers; and (2) useful to implement the concept of soft majority in the resolution process of the decision making situation. Additionally, a new two stages feedback mechanism of attitude adjustment and assessment adjustment is devised to guarantee the convergence of the consensus reaching process. Finally, a framework of group decision making with HFLTSs information is presented and an illustrative example is conducted to verify the proposed method.

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Hao, J. and Chiclana, F. (2020) Attitude Quantifier Based Possibility Distribution Generation Method for Hesitant Fuzzy Linguistic Group Decision Making. Information Sciences,

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Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI)