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Information consistent degree-based clustering method for large-scale group decision-making with linear uncertainty distributions information
International Journal of Intelligent Systems  (IF8.709),  Pub Date : 2021-10-05, DOI: 10.1002/int.22695
Yanxin Xu, Zaiwu Gong, Guo Wei, Weiwei Guo, Enrique Herrera-Viedma

Clustering analysis is a key technique in reducing the dimensionality of high volume irregular data containing large-scale group decision-making (LSGDM) information. Uncertainty theory is suitable for subjective estimation or situation, such as lack of historical data, and it can be employed to effectively express the uncertainty of trust and preference information in LSGDM problems. This paper studies the dimensionality reduction and subgroup optimization in LSGDM by utilizing linear uncertain variables in social networks. A clustering method is proposed to decompose the large group into several subgroups of higher consilience degrees and higher preference similarities, and lower the dimension of information for LSGDM. In the clustering process, two measurement attributes, trust relationship and preference relationship of decision-makers, are combined, and information consistent degree is utilized as the clustering indicator. This approach does not need to preset the threshold and the number of subgroups, and can be employed to obtain subgroups with similar preferences and stable trust relationship. Through the clustering reliability evaluation of subgroups, the rationality of large-scale group clustering results is verified. Subgroup consensus contribution is used to identify superior subgroups and quantify the role of subgroups in improving the consensus level. An example of emergency decision-making and comparative analysis is provided to explain the feasibility and advantages of the proposed method.