### A New Sign Distance-Based Ranking Method for Fuzzy Numbers [chapter]

Kok Chin Chai, Kai Meng Tay, Chee Peng Lim
2015 Proceedings in Adaptation, Learning and Optimization
In this paper, a new sign distance-based ranking method for fuzzy numbers is proposed. It is a synthesis of geometric centroid and sign distance. The use of centroid and sign distance in fuzzy ranking is not new. Most existing methods (e.g., distance-based method [9]) adopt the Euclidean distance from the origin to the centroid of a fuzzy number. In this paper, a fuzzy number is treated as a polygon, in which a new geometric centroid for the fuzzy number is proposed. Since a fuzzy number can be
more » ... fuzzy number can be represented in different shapes with different spreads, a new dispersion coefficient pertaining to a fuzzy number is formulated. The dispersion coefficient is used to fine-tune the geometric centroid, and subsequently sign distance from the origin to the tuned geometric centroid is considered. As discussed in [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] , an ideal fuzzy ranking method needs to satisfy seven reasonable fuzzy ordering properties. As a result, the capability of the proposed method in fulfilling these properties is analyzed and discussed. Positive experimental results are obtained.