Uninorm trust propagation and aggregation methods for group decision making in social network with four tuples information
A novel social network based group decision making (SN-GDM) model with experts' weights not provided beforehand and with the following four tuple information: trust; distrust; hesitancy; and inconsistency, is introduced. The concepts of trust score (TS) and knowledge degree (KD) are de ned and combined into a trust order space. Then, a strict trust ranking order relation of trust function values (TFs) is built in which TS and KD play a similar role to the mean and the variance in Statistics. After the operational laws of TFs for uninorm operators are built, the uninorm propagation operator is investigated. It can propagate through a network both trust and distrust information simultaneously and therefore it prevents the loss of trust information in the propagating process. When an indirect trust relationship is built, the uninorm trust weighted average (UTWA) operator and the uninorm trust ordered weighted average (UTOWA) operator are de ned and used to aggregate individual trust relationship and to obtain their associated ranking order relation. Hence, the most trusted expert is distinguished from the group, and the weights of experts are determined in a reasonable way: the higher an expert is trusted the more importance value is assigned to the expert. Therefore, the novelty of the proposed SN-GDM is that it can use indirect trust relationship via trusted third partners (TTPs) as a reliable resource to determine experts' weights. Finally, the individual trust decision making matrices are aggregated into a collective one and the alternative with the highest trust order relation is selected as the best one.
Citation:Wu, J., Xiong,R. and Chiclana, F. (2016) Uninorm trust propagation and aggregation methods for group decision making in social network with four tuples information. Knowledge-Based Systems. online first
Research Group:Centre for Computational Intelligence