Title: Air micro-pollutants analysed through rough set approach

Authors: Agata Matarazzo

Addresses: Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Corso Italia, 55, 95129 Catania, Italy

Abstract: This study presents a rough set application to air micro-pollution management in an industrial site with a high environmental risk rate. This new data analysis tool is able to deal both with quantitative and qualitative data, and the results are expressed in terms of understandable decision rules. Therefore, it could be efficiently used for supporting the environmental management and particularly pollution risk. In this paper, we present some issue related to multi-attribute. preference ordered classification of air pollution risk, considering some meteorological variables as attributes and criteria describing the different objects (pollution occurrences), i.e., levels of particular pollutants. After recalling some methodological basic concepts, the most significant results obtained are presented and discussed: examples of decision rules, attribute relevance, exchangeable or indispensable attributes/criteria, interaction between them. Moreover, we underline that the decision rules obtained can also be usefully implemented in order to efficiently manage the risk of air pollution.

Keywords: industrial areas; air pollution; meteorological attributes; RSA; rough set approach.

DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2016.083925

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, 2016 Vol.10 No.4, pp.382 - 397

Received: 13 Apr 2016
Accepted: 02 Nov 2016

Published online: 20 Apr 2017 *

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