The objective of the paper is to introduce a novel approach using the multi-attribute border approximation area comparison (MABAC) approach under intuitionistic fuzzy sets (IFSs) to solve the smartphone selection problem with incomplete weights or completely unknown weights. A novel discrimination measure of IFSs is proposed to calculate criteria weights. In view of the fact that the ambiguity is an unavoidable feature of multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM) problems, the proposed approach is an innovative process in the decision-making under uncertain settings. To express the utility and strength of the developed approach for solving problems in the area of MCDM, a smartphone selection problem is demonstrated. To validate the IF-MABAC approach, a comparative discussion is made between the outcomes of the developed and those of the existing methods. The outcomes of analysis demonstrate that the introduced method is well-ordered and effective with the existing ones.
Pub. online:1 Jan 2018Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 29, Issue 4 (2018), pp. 773–800
Green supplier selection has recently become one of the key strategic considerations in green supply chain management, due to regulatory requirements and market trends. It can be regarded as a multi-criteria group decision-making (MCGDM) problem, in which a set of alternatives are evaluated with respect to multiple criteria. MCGDM methods based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and TOPSIS (Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution) are widely used in solving green supplier selection problems. However, the classic AHP must conduct large amounts of pairwise comparisons to derive a consistent result due to its complex structure. Meanwhile, the classic TOPSIS only considers one single negative idea solution in selecting suppliers, which is insufficiently cautious. In this study, an improved TOPSIS integrated with Best-Worst Method (BWM) is developed to solve MCGDM problems with intuitionistic fuzzy information in the context of green supplier selection. The BWM is investigated to derive criterion weights, and the improved TOPSIS method is proposed to obtain decision makers’ weights in terms of different criteria. Moreover, the developed TOPSIS-based coefficient is used to rank alternatives. Finally, a green supplier selection problem in the agri-food industry is presented to validate the proposed approach followed by sensitivity and comparative analyses.
Pub. online:1 Jan 2017Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 28, Issue 4 (2017), pp. 725–748
Compared to fuzzy numbers, intuitionistic fuzzy numbers provide greater opportunities for solving complex decision-making problems, especially when they are related to ambiguities, uncertainties and vagueness. However, their use is more complex, especially when it comes to ordinary users. Therefore, in this paper an approach adopted for evaluating alternatives on the basis of a smaller number of some more complex evaluation criteria is proposed. The approach is based on the use of linguistic variables, triangular intuitionistic fuzzy numbers, and the Hamming distance. At the end, a case study of hotels’ websites evaluation is given to demonstrate the practicality and effectiveness of the proposed approach, together with its limitations and weaknesses. Additionally, a new procedure for ranking intuitionistic fuzzy numbers is proposed and its use is verified.