Pub. online:1 Jan 2018Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 29, Issue 2 (2018), pp. 303–320
The probabilistic linguistic terms set (PLTS) can reflect different importance degrees or weights of all possible linguistic terms (LTs) given by the experts for a specific object. The PROMETHEE II method is an important ranking method which can comprise preferences as well as indifferences, and it has a unique characteristic that can provide different types of preference functions. Based on the advantages of the PLTS and the PROMETHEE II method, in this paper, we extend the PROMETHEE II method to process the probabilistic linguistic information (PLI), and propose the PL-PROMETHEE II method with an improved possibility degree formula which can avoid the weaknesses from the original formula. Then concerning the multi-attribute decision making (MADM) problems with totally unknown weight information, the maximum deviation method is used to get the objective weight vector of the attributes, and net flows of the alternatives from the PROMETHEE II method are used to rank the alternatives. Finally, a numerical example is given to illustrate the feasibility of the proposed method.