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Title: Solving group decision-making problems in manufacturing systems by an uncertain compromise ranking method

Authors: S. Meysam Mousavi; N. Foroozesh; H. Gitinavard; Behnam Vahdani

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran ' School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new modified compromise ranking method (VIKOR), known as sorting the possible alternatives and determining the compromise solution under interval-valued hesitant fuzzy sets (IVHFSs) for solving group decision-making problems in manufacturing systems. By using numerical measure and crisp data, the decision making is complex in real-life situations because the decision makers (DMs)' judgments are usually hesitant and vague. A more applicable and realistic approach based on interval-valued hesitant fuzzy elements (variables) is presented and defined as the inputs to the presented VIKOR method. The proposed interval-valued hesitant fuzzy modified VIKOR (IVHF-MVIKOR) method utilises the membership degrees to demonstrate the degrees of satisfiability for each possible alternative according to selected criteria for the manufacturing assessments. Then, a new index for relative importance of the DMs is introduced with the extended fuzzy sets. Also, some operations in the proposed IVHF-MVIKOR method are developed for manufacturing decision problems. Then, new indexes are presented with interval-valued hesitant fuzzy hamming distance measure for the purpose of rankings. Finally, by presenting a practical example in flexible manufacturing systems, the performance of IVHF-MVIKOR method is evaluated and compared with two well-known methods under interval-valued hesitant fuzzy information.

Keywords: interval-valued hesitant fuzzy sets; IVHFSs; group decision-making problems; manufacturing systems; modified VIKOR method.

DOI: 10.1504/IJADS.2018.088634

International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 2018 Vol.11 No.1, pp.55 - 78

Available online: 28 Nov 2017 *

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