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DOI:10.3233/JIFS-18040

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based TOPSIS method for multi criteria

decision-making under single-valued

neutrosophic environment

Nancy and Harish Garg∗

School of Mathematics, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Deemed University),

Patiala, Punjab, India

Abstract. The theme of this work is to present an axiomatic definition of divergence measure for single-valued neutrosophic

sets (SVNSs). The properties of the proposed divergence measure have been studied. Further, we develop a novel technique

for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) method for solving single-valued neutrosophic multi-criteria

decision-making with incomplete weight information. Finally, a numerical example is presented to verify the proposed

approach and to present its effectiveness and practicality.

Keywords: Single-valued Neutrosophic set, Divergence measure, TOPSIS, multi criteria decision-making

presented some series of distance measures for it.

Intuitionistic fuzzy (IF) set (IFS) developed by [9] presented some new similarity measures of IFS

[1], is a useful tool characterized by the member- based on the set pair analysis theory. Apart from

ship and the non-membership degrees to describe the them, several other algorithms namely, score func-

data more accurately. Since IFS allows two degrees tions [10–12], aggregation operators [13, 14], ranking

of freedom into a set description, therefore, it renders method [15–17] etc., under IFS environment have

us an additional possibility to represent the uncertain gained much attention by the researchers.

data when trying to solve decision-making problems. From this survey, it is remarked that neither the

Under this environment, [2, 3] presented distance and fuzzy set (FS) nor IFS theory is able to deal with

similarity measures between the IFSs. [4] developed indeterminate and inconsistent data. For instance,

the distance measures between the type-2 intuition- consider an expert which gives their opinion about

istic fuzzy sets. [5] developed some series of the a certain object in such a way that 0.5 being the

distance measures while [6] presented IF cross- “possibility that the statement is true”, 0.7 being the

entropy for IFSs. [7] presented generalized directed “possibility that the statement is false” and 0.2 being

divergence measures under IFS environment. [8] the “possibility that he or she is not sure”. To resolve

∗ Corresponding

this, [18] introduced a new component called the

author. Harish Garg, School of Mathematics,

“indeterminacy-membership function” and added to

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Deemed Univer-

sity), Patiala, Punjab, India. Tel.: +91 8699031147; E-mail: har- the “truth membership function” and “falsity mem-

ish.garg@thapar.edu, http://sites.google.com/site/harishg58iitr/ bership function”, all which are independent of each

ISSN 1064-1246/19/$35.00 © 2019 – IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved

102 Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS

other and lying in ]0− , 1+ [, and the corresponding coefficient. The strength of this extension has been

set is known as a neutrosophic set (NS). Since it demonstrated by an example of the decision-making

is hard to apply the concept of NSs to the practi- process. Finally, through an example, the superiority

cal problems, therefore, [19] introduced the concept of divergence based TOPSIS method over classical

of a single-valued neutrosophic set (SVNS), which is TOPSIS has been shown.

the particular class of NS. After they came into exis- The rest of the text has been summarized as

tence, researchers have made their efforts to enrich follows: Section 2 introduces the divergence mea-

the concept of information measure, used to reflect sure in the neutrosophic environment and various

the decision maker’s imperative and nature of indi- properties have also been investigated in details. Sec-

vidual choice, in the neutrosophic environment. [20] tion 3 describes the TOPSIS approach for solving the

introduced the distance measures while [21, 22] pre- decision-making problems based on the divergence

sented the correlation for single-valued neutrosophic measure followed by an illustrative example. Further,

numbers(SVNNs). Also, [23] improved the concept various test criteria are applied to check its applicabil-

of cosine similarity for SVNSs which was firstly ity and explore its effectiveness. Finally, paper arrives

introduced by [24] in a neutrosophic environment. at conclusion in Section 4.

[25] presented an improved score function for ranking

the SVNNs. Apart from them, various authors incor-

porated the idea of SVNS theory into information 2. Proposed divergence measure for single-

measures [26–29], aggregation operators [31–33] and valued neutrosophic set

applied them to solve the decision-making problems.

However, TOPSIS developed by [15] is well- In this section, we present a divergence measure

known decision-making approach to find the best between the two SVNSs to rank it. Further, we discuss

alternative(s) based on its ideal values. The chief its various properties apart from their basic axioms.

advantages of the TOPSIS are to consider positive

and negative ideal solutions as anchor points to reflect 2.1. Basic concepts

the contrast of the currently achievable criterion

performances. In TOPSIS, the preferred alternative Firstly, some basic definitions related to NS, SVNS

should have the shortest distance from the positive- on the universal set X have been discussed.

ideal solution and the farthest distance from the

negative-ideal solution. The difference between the Deﬁnition 2.1. [18] A neutrosophic set (NS) A in X is

TOPSIS and the neutrosophic TOPSIS is in their rat-

ing approaches. The merit of neutrosophic TOPSIS A = xj , ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj )|xj ∈ X (1)

is to designate the importance of attributes and the

where ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj ) represents the truth,

performance of alternatives with respect to various

indeterminacy and falsity-membership functions

attributes by using SVNNs instead of precise num-

respectively, and are real standard or non-standard

bers. Under this environment, [34–36] presented the

subsets of ]0− , 1+ [ such that 0− ≤ sup ζA (xj ) +

TOPSIS method for decision-making problems based

sup ρA (xj ) + sup ϑA (xj ) ≤ 3+ . Here, sup represents

on the distance measure to rank the alternatives.

the supremum of the set.

Consequently, keeping the flexibility and effi-

ciency of SVNS, the theme of this work is to present Deﬁnition 2.2. [18, 19] A single-valued neutrosophic

a novel divergence measure for SVNSs to find dis- set (SVNS) A in X is defined as

crimination between them. Further, based on it, a

TOPSIS method for solving neutrosophic decision- A = xj , ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj )|xj ∈ X (2)

making problem has been presented. As far we know,

there is no investigation on divergence measure in where ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj ) ∈ [0, 1] such that

the neutrosophic environment. The proposed mea- 0 ≤ ζA (xj ) + ρA (xj ) + ϑA (xj ) ≤ 3 for all xj ∈ X.

sure has elegant properties, which are expressed and For convenience, we denote these pairs as A =

tested in the paper to enhance the employability ζA , ρA , ϑA , throughout this article, and called as

of this measure. In contrast to the classical TOP- single-valued neutrosophic number (SVNN).

SIS method, which is based on distance measure,

this paper applies the proposed divergence mea- Deﬁnition 2.3. Let A = {xj , ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj ) |

sure to establish the comparative index of closeness xj ∈ X} and B = {xj , ζB (xj ), ρB (xj ), ϑB (xj ) |xj ∈

Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS 103

X} be two SVNSs. Then the following operations are (P1) Since 0 ≤ ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj ) ≤ 1 and 0

defined as [19] j ), ρB (xj ), ϑB (xj ) ≤ 1 which implies

≤ ζB (x

(i) A ⊆ B if ζA (xj ) ≤ ζB (xj ), ρA (xj ) ≥ ρB (xj ) and that ≥ A j 2 B j ,

2

ϑA (xj ) ≥ ϑB (xj ) for all xj in X; (ρA (xj ))2 +(ρB (xj ))2 ρ (x )+ρ (x )

(ii) A = B if and only if A ⊆ B and B ⊆ A;

≥ A j 2 B j and

2

(iii) Ac = {xj ,ϑA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ζA (xj )|xj ∈ X}; (ϑA (xj ))2 +(ϑB (xj ))2 ϑ (x )+ϑ (x )

2 ≥ A j 2 B j for each

(iv) A ∩ B = xj , min(ζA (xj ), ζB (xj )), max(ρA (xj ),

j. Therefore, from Equation (3), we get

ρB (xj )), max(ϑA (xj ), ϑB (xj ))|xj ∈ X ; D(A|B) ≥ 0.

(v) A ∪ B = xj , max(ζA (xj ), ζB (xj )), min(ρA (xj ), (P2) It is trivial from the Equation (3).

ρB (xj )), min(ϑA (xj ), ϑB (xj ))|xj ∈ X . (P3) Assume that A = B which implies ζA (xj ) =

ζB (xj ), ρA (xj ) = ρB (xj ) and ϑA (xj ) =

ϑB (xj ) for each j, which implies that

n

2.2. Proposed divergence measure

D(A|B) = √1 ζA (xj ) − ζA (xj ) +

n( 2−1)

Let (X) be the class of SVNSs over the universal j=1

set X. Then for any A, B ∈ SVNSs, a real function ρA (xj ) − ρA (xj ) + ϑA (xj ) − ϑA (xj ) = 0.

D : (X) × (X) → R+ is called a divergence mea- (P4) For SVNSs A and B, we have Ac = ϑA (xj ),

sure, denoted by D(A|B), if it satisfies the following ρA (xj ), ζA (xj ) and Bc = ϑB (xj ), ρB (xj ),

axioms: ζB (xj ), so by Equation (3), we have

(P1) D(A|B) ≥ 0 D(Ac |Bc )

(P2) D(A|B) = D(B|A) ⎡

⎤

(ϑA (xj ))2 + (ϑB (xj ))2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑB (xj )

(P3) D(A|B) = 0 if A = B −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

D(A|B) = D(Ac |Bc ) n ⎢

⎥

(P4) ⎢

1 ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥

⎢+ (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

j=1 ⎣ ⎦

Deﬁnition 2.4. For two SVNSs A = ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ),

ϑA (xj )|xj ∈ X and B = ζB (xj ), ρB (xj ), ϑB (xj ) | +

2

−

2

xj ∈ X, the divergence measure of A against B is

= D(A|B)

to measure the degree of discrimination between the

pair is defined as: Hence, D(A|B) is a valid divergence measure.

D(A|B) =

Also, it is observed that D(A|B) satisfies certain

⎡

⎤ properties which are stated as below:

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζB (xj )

−

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

n ⎢

⎥

⎢ Theorem 2.2. For SVNS A = ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj )

1 ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥(3)

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

√ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ | xj ∈ X, D(A|Ac ) = 0 if and only if ζA (xj ) =

j=1 ⎣ ⎦

ϑA (xj ) for each xj ∈ X.

(ϑA (xj )) + (ϑB (xj ))

2 2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑB (xj )

+ −

2 2

Theorem 2.1. The divergence measure D(A|B), as xj ∈ X, we have Ac = ϑA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ζA (xj ) |xj ∈

X. Thus, from Equation (3), we get

deﬁned in Deﬁnition 2.4, for two SVNSs A and B

satisﬁes the following four axioms (P1)-(P4) D(A|Ac ) = 0

(P1) D(A|B) ≥ 0,

n (ζ (x ))2 + (ϑ (x ))2 ζA (xj )+ϑA (xj )

1 A j A j

⇔ √ 2 − =0

(P2) D(A|B) = D(B|A), n( 2 − 1) 2 2

D(A|B) = 0 if A = B,

j=1

(P3)

(P4) D(A|B) = D(Ac |Bc ) (ζA (xj ))2 + (ϑA (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ϑA (xj )

⇔ − =0 for each xj ∈ X

2 2

ζ 2

Proof 2.1. For two SVNSs A = ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ⇔

A (xj )

√ −

ϑA (xj )

√ =0 for each xj ∈ X

ϑA (xj ) | xj ∈ X and B = ζB (xj ), ρB (xj ), ϑB (xj ) 2 2

|xj ∈ X, we have ⇔ ζA (xj ) = ϑA (xj ) for each xj ∈ X

104 Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS

Hence, D(A|Ac ) = 0 if and only if ζA (xj ) = Proof 2.5. Let A = ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ϑA (xj )|xj ∈

X and B = ζB (xj ), ρB (xj ), ϑB (xj )|xj ∈ X be two

ϑA (xj ) for each xj ∈ X.

SVNSs defined on the universal set X, then by Equa-

Theorem 2.3. For SVNS A = ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), tion (3), we have

ϑA (xj )| xj ∈ X, D(A|Ac ) = 1 if and only if either

ζA (xj ) = 0, ϑA (xj ) = 1 or ζA (xj ) = 1, ϑA (xj ) = 0. 1

n

D(A ∩ B|A ∪ B) = √

n( 2 − 1)

Proof 2.3. For SVNS

A, we have D(A|Ac ) = j=1

1 n ⎡

⎤

(ζA (xj ))2 +(ϑA (xj ))2

1⇔ √ 2 2 − (ζA∩B (xj ))2 + (ζA∪B (xj ))2

−

ζA∩B (xj ) + ζA∪B (xj )

n( 2 − 1) j=1 ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

n

⎢

⎥

ζA (xj )+ϑA (xj )

= ⇔

(ζA (xj ))2 +(ϑA (xj ))2

− ⎢ ρA∩B (xj ) + ρA∪B (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρA∩B (xj )) + (ρA∪B (xj ))

2 2

1 − ⎥

2

j=1

2

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

√

⎣

⎦

ζA (xj )+ϑA (xj ) n( 2−1) (ζA (xj ))2 +(ϑA (xj ))2 (ϑA∩B (xj )) + (ϑA∪B (xj ))

2 2 ϑA∩B (xj ) + ϑA∪B (xj )

2 = 2 ⇔ 2 − + −

√ 2 2

ζA (xj )+ϑA (xj )

= ( 2−1) for each xj ⇔ ⎡

⎤

2 2 (ζA (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζB (xj )

−

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ϑA (xj ))2 = 1 and ζA (xj ) + ϑA (xj ) = 1 ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

which implies that ζA (xj )ϑA (xj ) = 0 and hence ⎢ ⎢

⎥

1 ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥

D(A|Ac ) = 1 if and only if either ζA (xj ) = 0, n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

xj ∈X1 ⎣ ⎦

ϑA (xj ) = 1 or ζA (xj ) = 1, ϑA (xj ) = 0.

2 2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑB (xj )

+ −

2 2

Theorem 2.4. For SVNSs A and B, we have ⎡

⎤

(ζB (xj ))2 + (ζA (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζA (xj )

D(A|Bc ) = D(Ac |B). −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢ ⎢

⎥

Proof 2.4. As Ac = ϑA (xj ), ρA (xj ), ζA (xj )|xj ∈ 1 ρB (xj ) + ρA (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) + (ρA (xj ))

2 2

+ √ − ⎥

X and Bc = ϑB (xj ), ρB (xj ), ζB (xj )|xj ∈ X be the n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

xj ∈X2 ⎣ ⎦

complement of the SVNSs A and B, then from Equa-

2 2 ϑB (xj ) + ϑA (xj )

tion (3) we have + −

2 2

D(A |B)

c

= D(A|B)

⎡

⎤

(ϑA (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ϑA (xj ) + ζB (xj )

−

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ Thus, the result holds.

n ⎢

⎥

⎢

1 ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥

⎢+ (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ Theorem 2.6. For two SVNSs A and B, we have

j=1 ⎣ ⎦

+ −

2 2 (i) D(A|A ∪ B) = D(B|A ∩ B)

⎡

⎤

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ϑB (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ϑB (xj ) (ii) D(A|A ∩ B) = D(B|A ∪ B)

−

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ (iii) D(A|A ∪ B) + D(A|A ∩ B) = D(A|B)

n ⎢

⎥

⎢ D(B|A ∪ B) + D(B|A ∩ B) = D(A|B)

1 ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥ (iv)

⎢+ (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

j=1 ⎣ ⎦

+ − Proof 2.6. We will prove the first part and rest can

2 2

= D(A|B ) c be proved in the same manner. By the definition of

divergence, we have

Divide the universe X into two disjoint parts X1 and

X2 , where X1 = {xj : xj ∈ X, A(xj ) ⊆ B(xj )} and 1

n

n( 2 − 1)

considerations, we further propose some properties j=1

⎤

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζA∪B (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζA∪B (xj )

−

follows: ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢

⎥

⎢ ρA (xj ) + ρA∪B (xj ) ⎥

Theorem 2.5. If A and B be two SVNSs deﬁned on ⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρA∪B (xj ))

2 2

− ⎥

universal set X, then ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎣

⎦

(ϑA (xj )) + (ϑA∪B (xj ))

2 2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑA∪B (xj )

D(A ∩ B|A ∪ B) = D(A|B). +

2

−

2

Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS 105

⎡

⎤ Then, from Equations (4) and (5), we get D(A|A ∪

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζB (xj )

−

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ B) = D(B|A ∩ B).

⎢ ⎢

⎥

1 ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

xj ∈X1 ⎣ ⎦

Theorem 2.7. If A and B be two SVNSs deﬁned on

(ϑA (xj )) + (ϑB (xj ))

2 2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑB (xj )

+ − the universal sets X, then

2 2

(i) D(A|C) + D(B|C) − D(A ∪ B|C) ≥ 0,

⎡

⎤ (ii) D(A|C) + D(B|C) − D(A ∩ B|C) ≥ 0

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζA (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζA (xj )

−

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢ ⎢

⎥

1 ρA (xj ) + ρA (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρA (xj ))

2 2

+ √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ Proof 2.7. In this property, we prove only the first

xj ∈X2 ⎣ ⎦

part because of having analogously similar proofs.

(ϑA (xj )) + (ϑA (xj ))

2 2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑA (xj )

+ −

2 2 D(A|C)

⎡

⎤ ⎡

⎤

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζB (xj ) (ζA (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζC (xj )

− −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢ ⎢

⎥ n ⎢

⎥

1 ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥ ⎢ ρA (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢+ (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

1

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

⎥

2 2

= √ − = √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

xj ∈X1 ⎣ ⎦ j=1 ⎣ ⎦

(ϑA (xj ))2 + (ϑB (xj ))2 ϑA (xj )+ϑB (xj ) (ϑA (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑC (xj )

+ − + −

2 2 2 2

(4)

D(B|C)

Also, ⎡

⎤

(ζB (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζC (xj )

−

n ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

n ⎢

⎥

D(B|A ∩ B) = √

1

1

⎢ ⎥

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) + (ρC (xj )) ρB (xj ) + ρC (xj )

2 2

n( 2 − 1) = √ − ⎥

j=1 n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

j=1 ⎣ ⎦

⎡

⎤

(ζB (xj ))2 + (ζA∩B (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζA∩B (xj ) (ϑB (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑB (xj ) + ϑC (xj )

− + −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ 2 2

⎢

⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) + (ρA∩B (xj )) ρB (xj ) + ρA∩B (xj ) and

2 2

− ⎥

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎣

⎦ 1

n

(ϑB (xj ))2 + (ϑA∩B (xj ))2 ϑB (xj ) + ϑA∩B (xj ) D(A ∪ B|C) = √

+ − n( 2 − 1)

2 2 j=1

⎡

⎤ ⎡

⎤

(ζB (xj ))2 +(ζA (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζA (xj ) (ζA∪B (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA∪B (xj ) + ζC (xj )

− −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎥ 2 2

⎢

⎥

1 ⎢ ⎥ ⎢ ρA∪B (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) +(ρA (xj )) ρB (xj ) + ρA (xj )

2 2

= √ − ⎥ ⎢ + (ρA∪B (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢

−

⎥

xj ∈X1 ⎣ ⎦ 2 2

⎣

⎦

(ϑB (xj ))2 +(ϑA (xj ))2 ϑB (xj ) + ϑA (xj ) (ϑA∪B (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑA∪B (xj ) + ϑC (xj )

+ − + −

2 2 2 2

⎡

⎤ ⎡

⎤

(ζB (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζB (xj ) (ζB (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζC (xj )

− −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎥ 2 2

⎢

⎥

1 ⎢ ρB (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥ ⎢ ρB (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

+ √ − ⎥ = √

1

⎢+ (ρB (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ n( 2 − 1) ⎢

−

⎥

xj ∈X2 ⎣ ⎦ 2 2

xj ∈X1 ⎣

⎦

(ϑB (xj )) + (ϑB (xj ))

2 2 ϑB (xj ) + ϑB (xj ) (ϑB (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑB (xj ) + ϑC (xj )

+ − + −

2 2 2 2

⎡

⎤ ⎡

⎤

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζB (xj ) (ζA (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζC (xj )

− −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎥ 2 2

⎢

⎥

1 ⎢ ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥ ⎢ ρA (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢+ (ρA (xj )) + (ρB (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥ + √

1

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ n( 2 − 1) ⎢

−

⎥

xj ∈X1 ⎣ ⎦ 2 2

xj ∈X2 ⎣

⎦

(ϑA (xj ))2 + (ϑB (xj ))2 ϑA (xj )+ϑB (xj ) (ϑA (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑC (xj )

+ − + −

2 2 2 2

(5)

106 Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS

Then, Also,

D(A|C) + D(B|C) − D(A ∪ B|C) 1

n

D(A ∪ B|C) =

⎡

⎤ √

n( 2 − 1)

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζC (xj )

− j=1

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎡

⎤

⎢ ⎢

⎥ (ζA∪B (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA∪B (xj ) + ζC (xj )

1 ρA (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥ −

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥ ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢

⎥

xj ∈X1 ⎣ ⎦ ⎢

ρA∪B (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρA∪B (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

(ϑA (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑC (xj ) − ⎥

+ − ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

2 2 ⎣

⎦

⎡

⎤ +

(ϑA∪B (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2

−

ϑA∪B (xj ) + ϑC (xj )

(ζB (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζC (xj )

− 2 2

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎡

⎤

1

⎢ ⎢

⎥

⎥ (ζB (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2

−

ζB (xj ) + ζC (xj )

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) + (ρC (xj )) ρB (xj ) + ρC (xj )

2 2

+ √ − ⎥ ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢

⎥

xj ∈X2 ⎣ ⎦ ⎢

1 ρB (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

(ϑB (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑB (xj ) + ϑC (xj ) = √ − ⎥

+ − n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

j∈X1 ⎣ ⎦

2 2

Since, ζ(xj ), ρ(xj ), ϑ(xj ) ∈ [0, 1] for all xj ∈ X. + −

2 2

Thus, we get D(A|C) + D(B|C) − D(A ∪ B|C) ≥ ⎡

⎤

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζC (xj )

0. −

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢ ⎢

⎥

1 ρA (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

+ √ − ⎥

Theorem 2.8. For three SVNSs A, B and C, we have n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

j∈X2 ⎣ ⎦

D(A ∩ B|C) + D(A ∪ B|C) = D(A|C) + D(B|C) + −

2 2

Proof 2.8. For three SVNSs A = ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ), Thus, by adding these equations, we get D(A ∩

ϑA (xj )|xj ∈ X, B = ζB (xj ), ρB (xj ), ϑB (xj )|xj ∈ B|C) + D(A ∪ B|C) = D(A|C) + D(B|C).

X and C = ζC (xj ), ρC (xj ), ϑC (xj )|xj ∈ X and by

definition of the divergence measure, we have Theorem 2.9. For two SVNSs A and B, we have

n (i) D(A|B) = D(Ac |Bc )

1

D(A ∩ B|C) = √ (ii) D(A|Bc ) = D(Ac |B)

n( 2 − 1)

j=1 (iii) D(A|B) + D(Ac |B) = D(Ac |Bc ) + D(A|Bc )

⎡

⎤

(ζA∩B (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA∩B (xj ) + ζC (xj )

−

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ Proof 2.9. First and second parts are similar and third

⎢

⎥

⎢ ρA∩B (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥ part can be proved by adding first and second one.

⎢ + (ρA∩B (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

− ⎥

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ Proof of the part (ii) follows from Theorem 2.4.

⎣

⎦

+

(ϑA∩B (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2

−

ϑA∩B (xj ) + ϑC (xj ) Deﬁnition 2.5. For two SVNSs A = ζA (xj ), ρA (xj ),

2 2 ϑA (xj )| xj ∈ X and B = ζB (xj ), ρB (xj ), ϑB (xj )|

⎡

⎤ xj ∈ X, the weighted divergence measure of A

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζC (xj )

−

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ against B is to measure the degree of discrimination

⎢ ⎢

⎥ between the pair is defined as:

1 ρA (xj ) + ρC (xj ) ⎥

⎢ + (ρA (xj )) + (ρC (xj ))

2 2

= √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ n

j∈X1 ⎣ ⎦ 1

Dw (A|B) = √ wj

(ϑA (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑC (xj ) ( 2 − 1) j=1

+ −

2 2

⎡ ⎤

(ζA (xj ))2 + (ζB (xj ))2 ζA (xj ) + ζB (xj )

⎡

⎤ ⎢ − ⎥

(ζB (xj ))2 + (ζC (xj ))2 ζB (xj ) + ζC (xj )

− ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢ ⎥

⎢

⎥ ⎢ ⎥

1 ⎢ ρB (xj ) + ρC (xj )⎥ ⎢ + (ρA (xj ))2 + (ρB (xj ))2 − ρA (xj ) + ρB (xj ) ⎥ (6)

⎢ + (ρB (xj )) + (ρC (xj )) ⎢ ⎥

2 2

+ √ − ⎥

n( 2 − 1) ⎢ 2 2 ⎥ ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

j∈X2 ⎣

⎦ ⎢ ⎥

⎣ ⎦

+

(ϑB (xj ))2 + (ϑC (xj ))2

−

ϑB (xj ) + ϑC (xj ) (ϑA (xj )) + (ϑB (xj ))

2 2 ϑA (xj ) + ϑB (xj )

2 2 + −

2 2

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3. TOPSIS approach based on proposed On the other hand, if information about the criteria

divergence measure for MCDM problems weights are completely unknown, then we establish

another nonlinear optimization model as

In this section, a TOPSIS method based on the

proposed divergence measure for SVNSs has been

n

m

m

presented succeeded by an illustrative example to max D(w) = wj D(Aij |Aqj )

demonstrate the approach. j=1 i=1 q=1

subject to wj ≥ 0, (8)

3.1. Maximizing divergence method for

determine the weights

n

w2j = 1

j=1

In this subsection, we construct a nonlinear pro-

gramming model by maximizing the divergence Solve the above model by using the Lagrangian

value D(w) to find the optimal weights of the cri- multiplier method and hence get the normalized

teria. For this, let be the set of the partially known weight vector as

weight information. For j th criteria, the divergence

of the ith alternative to all the other alternatives can

m

m

be defined as follows: D(Aij |Aqj )

i=1 q=1

wj = (9)

n m m

m D(Aij |Dqj )

Dij = D(Aij |Aqj ) j=1 i=1 q=1

q=1

between the two alternatives Aij and Aqj defined in 3.2. Proposed TOPSIS approach based on

Definition 2.4. divergence measure

m m m

Let Dj = Dij = D(Aij |Aqj ) represents

i=1 i=1 q=1 TOPSIS method [15] is a simple and effective tool

the total divergence values of all the alternatives to to solve the decision-making problems which aims

other alternatives for j th attributes and hence to pick out the best alternative(s) with the short-

est distance from the positive ideal solution (PIS)

n

n

m

m and the farthest distance from the negative ideal

D(w) = wj Dj = wj D(Aij |Aqj ) solution (NIS). In this section, instead of using the

j=1 j=1 i=1 q=1 distance measures to figure the relative closeness

coefficient, the concept of divergence measure is

represents the total divergence values of all the alter-

appropriately applied to the main structure of the

natives with respect to all criteria.

TOPSIS method. For it, assume that there are ‘m’

Under these, a nonlinear optimization model has

alternatives denoted by A1 , A2 , . . . , Am which are

been constructed to determine the optimal weight

being evaluated with respect to ‘n’ criteria namely,

vector as follow:

C1 , C2 , . . . , Cn by an expert. The preferences related

⎫ to each alternative Ai (i = 1, 2, . . . , m) are repre-

n

m

m

⎪

⎪ sented under the SVNS environment which are

max D(w) = ⎪

wj D(Aij |Aqj )⎪

⎪

⎪ denoted by αij = ζij , ρij , ϑij , i = 1, 2, . . . , m; j =

⎪

⎪

j=1 i=1 q=1 ⎪

⎬ 1, 2, . . . , n, where ζij , ρij , ϑij represents the degree

subject to wj ∈ , wj ≥ 0, (7) of satisfaction, indeterminacy, and dissatisfaction,

⎪

⎪

⎪

⎪ respectively, of Ai corresponding to criteria Cj

n ⎪

⎪ such that 0 ≤ ζij , ρij , ϑij ≤ 1 and ζij + ρij + ϑij ≤

wj = 1 ⎪

⎪

⎪

⎭ 3. Then, the following steps of the TOPSIS method

j=1

have been summarized for solving the decision-

By solving this model, we get the optimal weight making problems under SVNN information by using

w = (w1 , w2 , . . . , wn )T of the criteria. the proposed measures as:

108 Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS

Step 1: Arrange the collective information: The ζj+ , ρj+ , ϑj+ )1×n , and ζj− , ρj− , ϑj− )1×n

information related to each alternative where ζj+ = max{ζij |i = 1, 2, . . . , m},

Ai (i = 1, 2, . . . , m) with respect to the i

different criteria Cj (j = 1, 2, . . . , n) are ρj+ = min{ρij |i = 1, 2, . . . , m},

i

arranged in the form of the neutrosophic ϑj+ = min{ϑij |i = 1, 2, . . . , m},

decision-matrix D which is represented i

as ζj− = min{ζij |i = 1, 2, . . . , m},

i

ρj− = max{ρij |i = 1, 2, . . . , m},

i

C

⎛ 1

C2 ... Cn

⎞ ϑj− = max{cij |i = 1, 2, . . . , m}. From

i

A1 α11 α12 ... α1n

this, it has been clearly seen that (ζj− , ρj− ,

A2 ⎜

⎜ α21 α22 ... α2n ⎟

⎟

D = .. ⎜ .. .. .. .. ⎟ ϑj− ) ⊆ (ζij , ρij , ϑij ) ⊆ (ζj+ , ρj+ , ϑj+ ).

. ⎝ . . . . ⎠ In order to compare the different alter-

Am αm1 αm2 ... αmn natives, the divergence measure defined

in Equation (6) is used to measures the

Step 2: Normalize the decision matrix: Since

there are two types in criteria, one is degree of discrimination between an

benefit type and the contrary is cost alternative Ai and the RPIS A+ as well as

type. Therefore, to balance the physical the RNIS A− as follows:

dimensions and eliminate the influ-

ence of the criterion types, the matrix

n

D = (αij )m×n is converted to standard Dw (Ai |A+ ) = √

1

wj

matrix R = (rij )m×n by transforming the ( 2 − 1)

j=1

rating values of cost type into benefit type

criteria, if any, by using the normalization ⎡ ⎤

(ζij (rij ))2 + (ζj+ (rij ))2 ζij (rij ) + ζj+ (rij )

formula: ⎢ − ⎥

⎢ 2 2

⎥

ζij , ρij , ϑij ; for benefit type criteria ⎢ ⎥

rij = ⎢ ⎥

2 +

⎢ + (ρij (rij )) + (ρj (rij )) − ρij (rij ) + ρj (rij )⎥(10)

2 +

ϑij , ρij , ζij ; for cost type criteria ⎢ ⎥

⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎣ + + ⎦

Step 3: Determine the attribute weights: (ϑij (rij )) + (ϑj (rij ))

2 2 ϑij (rij ) + ϑj (rij )

+ −

The weights of the different criteria 2 2

w = (w1 , w2 , . . . , wn )T are determined

by solving the optimization model 7 or and

8 accordingly whether the information

about the criteria weights are partially 1

n

Dw (Ai |A− ) = √ wj

known and completely unknown. ( 2 − 1)

j=1

Step 4: Determine the discrimination of each

⎡ ⎤

alternative from ideal and anti-ideal (ζij (rij ))2 + (ζj− (rij ))2 ζij (rij ) + ζj− (rij )

alternatives: As 0 ≤ ζij , ρij , ϑij ≤ 1 and ⎢ − ⎥

⎢ 2 2

⎥

hence all rating values of the alternative as ⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎥

given in decision matrix R = (rij )m×n are

− −

⎢ + (ρij (rij ))2 + (ρj (rij ))2 − ρij (rij ) + ρj (rij )⎥(11)

⎢ ⎥

SVNNs. Therefore, accordingly the mem- ⎢ 2 2 ⎥

⎢ ⎥

bership degrees of relative positive ideal ⎣ − − ⎦

(ϑij (rij )) + (ϑj (rij ))

2 2 ϑij (rij ) + ϑj (rij )

ideal solution (RPIS) may be expressed + −

2 2

as A+ = 1, 0, 01×n . Similarly, the

membership degrees of the relative Step 5: Compute the relative-closeness coefﬁcient:

negative ideal solution (RNIS) may be Based on Equations (10) and (11), the

summarized as A− = 0, 1, 11×n . From relative-closeness coefficient of the alter-

these, it has been seen that A+ and A− are native Ai (i = 1, 2, . . . , m) with respect to

complement to each other. Furthermore, A+ and A− is defined as follows:

instead of fixing the degree of A+ to be 1,

0 and 0, the decision maker may varying Dw (Ai |A− )

Ri = (12)

it by defining A+ and A− respectively as Dw (Ai |A− ) + Dw (Ai |A+ )

Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS 109

provided Dw (Ai |A+ ) = / 0. It has been α11 = 0.5, 0.3, 0.4. In the similar manner, we can

seen that 0 ≤ D(Ai |A− ) ≤ D(Ai |A− ) obtain all the evaluations of the alternatives Ai with

+D(Ai |A+ ) and hence 0 ≤ Ri ≤ 1. respect to criterion Cj . Then, the following steps of

1. Rank the alternative: Based on the the proposed approach have been executed to find the

descending order of the values of Ri , we most desirable alternative(s).

rank the alternatives Ai (i = 1, 2, . . . , m) Step 1: The complete rating values of all the alter-

and select the best alternative(s). natives under single-valued neutrosophic

information under above four criteria are

3.3. Illustrative Example summarized are listed in the follow-

ing single-valued neutrosophic decision

A travel agency naming, Marricot Trip mate , matrix D = (αij ) as

has excelled in providing travel related services to

C1 C2 C3 C4

⎛ ⎞

A1 0.5, 0.3, 0.4 0.5, 0.2, 0.5 0.2, 0.2, 0.6 0.3, 0.2, 0.4

A2 ⎜ ⎟

⎜ 0.7, 0.1, 0.3 0.7, 0.2, 0.3 0.6, 0.3, 0.2 0.6, 0.4, 0.2 ⎟

⎜

D = A3 ⎜ 0.5, 0.3, 0.4 0.6, 0.2, 0.4 0.6, 0.1, 0.2 0.5, 0.1, 0.3 ⎟

⎟

A4 ⎝ 0.7, 0.3, 0.2 0.7, 0.2, 0.2 0.4, 0.5, 0.2 0.5, 0.2, 0.2 ⎠

A5 0.4, 0.1, 0.3 0.5, 0.1, 0.2 0.4, 0.1, 0.5 0.4, 0.3, 0.6

types, so there is no need of normalizing

domestic and Inbound tourists . Agency wants to pro- process.

vide more facilities like detailed information, online Step 3: Consider the partial information about the

booking capabilities, allow to book and sell airline criterion weights given by = {0.10 ≤

tickets, car rentals, hotels, and other travel related w1 ≤ 0.2, 0.2 ≤ w2 ≤ 0.3, 0.2 ≤ w3 ≤

services etc. to their customers. For this purpose, 0.25, 0.15 ≤ w4 ≤ 0.25, wj ≥ 0, 4j=1

agency intends to find an appropriate information wj = 1} and hence the optimization

technology (IT) software development company that model (7) is constructed as follows:

delivers affordable solutions through software devel-

maximize D(w) = 0.3344w1 + 0.2372w2

opment. To complete this motive, agency forms a

set of five companies (alternatives), namely, Zensar + 0.7670w3 + 0.4519w4

Tech (A1 ), NIIT Tech (A2 ), HCL Tech(A3 ), Hex- subject to w∈

aware Tech(A4 ), and Tech Mahindra (A5 ) and the

selection is held on the basis of the different criteria, By solving this model, we get the

namely, Technology Expertise (C1 ), Service quality optimal weight vector of criteria w =

(C2 ), Project Management (C3 ), Industry Experi- (0.2, 0.3, 0.25, 0.25)T .

ence (C4 ). Now, we can obtain the evaluation of an Step 4: The RPIS and RNIS is calculated

alternative Ai (i = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) with respect to the cri- from the given information as A+ =

terion Cj (j = 1, 2, 3, 4) from the questionnaire of a {(C1 , 0.7, 0.1, 0.2), (C2 , 0.7, 0.1, 0.2),

domain expert. For instance, corresponding to alter- (C3 , 0.6, 0.1, 0.2), (C4 , 0.6, 0.1, 0.2)}

native A1 under criterion C1 , when we ask the opinion and A− = {(C1 , 0.4, 0.3, 0.4), (C2 , 0.5,

of an expert about the alternative A1 with respect to 0.2, 0.5), (C3 , 0.2, 0.5, 0.6), (C4 , 0.3,

the criterion C1 , he or she may that the “possibil- 0.4, 0.6)}. Thus, the degree of discrim-

ity degree in which the statement is good” is 0.5, ination between the alternative Ai (i =

“the statement is false” is 0.4 and “the degree in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) to A+ and A− are computed

which he or she is unsure” is 0.3. In this case, the by using Equations (10) and (11) and get

evaluation of this alternative is represented as SVNN as

110 Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS

Dw (A1 |A+ )

⎡ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫ ⎤

⎨ 0.52 + 0.72 0.5 + 0.7 ⎬ ⎨ 0.52 + 0.72 0.5 + 0.7 ⎬

⎢ 0.2 − + 0.3 − ⎥

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎥⎭

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ 0.22 + 0.62 ⎥

⎢ 0.2 + 0.6 ⎬ ⎨ 0.32 + 0.62 0.3 + 0.6 ⎬⎥

⎢ + 0.25 − + 0.25 − ⎥

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ 0.32 + 0.12 ⎥

⎢ 0.3 + 0.1 ⎬ ⎨ 0.22 + 0.12 0.2 + 0.1 ⎬ ⎥

⎢ + 0.2 − + 0.3 − ⎥

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎥

⎢ ⎥

1 ⎢ ⎥

= √ ⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫⎥

( 2 − 1) ⎢

⎢ ⎨ ⎬ ⎨ ⎬ ⎥

⎢ + 0.25 0.22 + 0.12 0.2 + 0.1 0.22 + 0.12 0.2 + 0.1 ⎥ ⎥

⎢ − + 0.25 −

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭⎥⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧ " ⎫ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ 0.42 + 0.22 ⎬ ⎨ 0.52 + 0.22 ⎬ ⎥

⎢ 0.4 + 0.2 0.5 + 0.2 ⎥

⎢ + 0.2 − + 0.3 − ⎥

⎢ ⎩ ⎭ ⎩ ⎭ ⎥

⎢ 2 2 2 2 ⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ 0.62 + 0.22 0.6 + 0.2 ⎬ ⎨ 0.42 + 0.22 0.4 + 0.2 ⎬⎥

⎣ + 0.25 − + 0.25 − ⎦

⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭

= 0.1487

and

Dw (A1 |A− )

⎡ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫ ⎤

⎨ 0.52 + 0.42 0.5 + 0.4 ⎬ ⎨ 0.52 + 0.52 0.5 + 0.5 ⎬

⎢ 0.2 − + 0.3 − ⎥

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎥⎭

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ 0.22 + 0.22 ⎥

⎢ 0.2 + 0.2 ⎬ ⎨ 0.32 + 0.32 0.3 + 0.3 ⎬⎥

⎢ + 0.25 − + 0.25 − ⎥

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ ⎬ ⎨ ⎬ ⎥

⎢ 0.32 + 0.32 0.3 + 0.3 0.22 + 0.22 0.2 + 0.2 ⎥

⎢ + 0.2 − + 0.3 − ⎥

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎥

⎢ ⎥

1 ⎢ ⎥

= √ ⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫⎥

⎢

( 2 − 1) ⎢ ⎨ 0.22 + 0.52 ⎥

⎢ + 0.25 0.2 + 0.5 ⎬ ⎨ 0.22 + 0.42 0.2 + 0.4 ⎬⎥⎥

⎢ − + 0.25 −

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭⎥⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ 0.42 + 0.42 ⎥

⎢

⎢ + 0.2 0.4 + 0.4 ⎬ ⎨ 0.52 + 0.52 0.5 + 0.5 ⎬ ⎥ ⎥

⎢ − + 0.3 −

⎢ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎥ ⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎧" ⎫ ⎧" ⎫ ⎥

⎢ ⎥

⎢ ⎨ 0.62 + 0.62 0.6 + 0.6 ⎬ ⎨ 0.4 + 0.6

2 2 ⎬

0.4 + 0.6 ⎥

⎣ + 0.25 − + 0.25 − ⎦

⎩ 2 2 ⎭ ⎩ 2 2 ⎭

= 0.0357

Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS 111

Similarly, we can calculate the oth- The validity of the proposed TOPIS method is

ers and get Dw (A2 |A+ ) = 0.0512; tested using these test criteria.

Dw (A2 |A− ) = 0.1453; Dw (A3 |A+ ) =

0.0466; Dw (A3 |A− ) = 0.1457;

+

Dw (A4 |A ) = 0.0661; Dw (A4 |A− ) =

3.4.1. Validity test under test criterion 1

0.1298; Dw (A5 |A+ ) = 0.0914 and Dw

Under this test criterion, the rating values of the

(A5 |A− ) = 0.0933.

non-optimal alternative A1 and the worse alternative

Step 5: The closeness coefficients of ith alter-

A5 is replaced with the another ones and hence their

native Ai (i = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) is calculated

updated decision matrix is summarized as

C1 C2 C3 C4

⎛ ⎞

A1 0.4, 0.3, 0.5 0.5, 0.2, 0.5 0.6, 0.2, 0.2 0.4, 0.2, 0.3

A2 ⎜ ⎟

⎜ 0.7, 0.1, 0.3 0.7, 0.2, 0.3 0.6, 0.3, 0.2 0.6, 0.4, 0.2 ⎟

⎜

D = A3 ⎜ 0.5, 0.3, 0.4 0.6, 0.2, 0.4 0.6, 0.1, 0.2 0.5, 0.1, 0.3 ⎟

⎟

A4 ⎝ 0.7, 0.3, 0.2 0.7, 0.2, 0.2 0.4, 0.5, 0.2 0.5, 0.2, 0.2 ⎠

A5 0.3, 0.1, 0.4 0.2, 0.1, 0.5 0.5, 0.1, 0.4 0.6, 0.3, 0.4

by using Equation (12) and are given proposed approach, we compute the divergence mea-

as R1 = 0.1936; R2 = 0.7396; R3 = sures of each alternative Ai (i = 1, 2, . . . , 5) to RPIS

0.7577; R4 = 0.6628; and R5 = 0.5052. (A+ ) and RNIS (A− ) are Dw (A1 |A+ ) = 0.0889,

Step 6: Therefore, the optimal ranking of these Dw (A1 |A− ) = 0.0703, Dw (A2 |A+ ) = 0.0512,

five alternatives are A3 A2 A4 Dw (A2 |A− ) = 0.1307, Dw (A3 |A+ ) = 0.0466,

A5 A1 , and thus, the best alternative is Dw (A3 |A− ) = 0.1247, Dw (A4 |A+ ) = 0.0661,

A3 namely HCL Tech. Dw (A4 |A− ) = 0.1337, Dw (A5 |A+ ) = 0.1309

and Dw (A5 |A− ) = 0.0650. Thus, the optimal

values of the relative closeness coefficient of

3.4. Test Criteria for proposed approach

each alternative are computed by using Equation

(12) as R1 = 0.4416; R2 = 0.7187; R3 = 0.7279

Some decision-making methods deals with irreg-

R4 = 0.6693 and R5 = 0.3317. According to the

ularities which may lead to give some undesirable

descending order of these values, the alternatives

results when some of the information in the given

are ranked as A3 A2 A4 A1 A5 . Thus, the

decision matrix is changed. Therefore, their approach

best alternative is remain unchanged i.e., A3 . Hence

is not acceptable to rank the alternatives and hence

the proposed method is valid under test criterion 1.

a validity of the newly proposed methods is neces-

sary. [37] established the following testing criteria to

evaluate the validity of such types of methods.

Test criterion 1: “An effective decision-making 3.4.2. Validity test using test criterion 2 and 3

method should not change the indication of the best Under it, if we decomposed the original prob-

alternative on replacing a non-optimal alternative by lem into a set of {A1 , A2 , A4 }, {A1 , A3 , A5 },

another worse alternative without changing the rela- {A2 , A4 , A5 }, {A2 , A3 , A5 } and {A1 , A3 , A4 }, then

tive importance of each decision criteria.” the proposed approach has been applied to these

Test criterion 2: “An effective decision-making subproblems. The ranking orders of the alterna-

method should follow transitive property.” tives is A2 A4 A1 , A3 A5 A1 , A2 A4

Test criterion 3: “When a decision-making prob- A5 , A3 A2 A5 and A3 A4 A1 respectively

lem is decomposed into smaller problems and same and hence the combined ranking order is A3

method is applied on smaller problems to rank the A2 A4 A5 A1 , which is identical to original

alternatives, combined ranking of the alternatives problem. Therefore, it displays transitive property

should be identical to the original ranking of un- and hence the proposed method is valid under the

decomposed problem.” test criterion 2 and 3.

112 Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS

3.5. Superiority of the proposed approach over On the other hand, if we utilize the proposed

the existing approaches divergence measure to compute the discrimination

between the alternatives and the ideal solutions

In this section, we have presented some counterex- then their measurement values are D(A1 |A+ ) =

amples to show that the existing approaches [20, 23, 0.0137, D(A2 |A+ ) = 0.0167, D(A1 |A− ) = 0.0167

26] under SVNS environment fails to rank the given and D(A2 |A− ) = 0.0137. Thus, the relative close-

alternatives while the proposed divergence measure ness coefficient Ri (i = 1, 2) of the alternative Ai (i =

can overcome their shortcoming. 1, 2) is computed by using Equation (12) as R1 =

0.5500 and R2 = 0.4500. Since R1 > R2 which gives

Example 3.1. Consider a decision-making problem us that A1 is better alternative than A2 . Therefore,

in which there are two alternatives, namely, A1 and proposed divergence based TOPSIS approach is able

A2 which are evaluated by a decision maker under to rank the alternatives in the situation when existing

the three different criteria denoted by C1 , C2 and approach fails.

C3 . The preference values of each alternative given

by the decision maker are summarized under SVNS Example 3.2. Consider two set of SVNSs A1 and A2

environment as follows: defined over the universal set X = {x1 , x2 , . . . , x5 }

as

%

x1 , 0.5, 0.3, 0.2, x2 , 0.5, 0.2, 0.3, x3 , 0.9,

C1 C2 C3 A1 =

# $ 0.0, 0.1, x4 , 0.5, 0.4, 0.1, x5 , 0.7, 0.1, 0.2

A1 0.5, 0.2, 0.3 0.6, 0.3, 0.1 0.3, 0.2, 0.4

K= and

A2 0.4, 0.3, 0.2 0.6, 0.2, 0.2 0.4, 0.3, 0.3 %

(13) x1 , 0.7, 0.2, 0.1, x2 , 0.5, 0.4, 0.1, x3 , 0.9,

A2 =

0.1, 0.0, x4 , 0.6, 0.3, 0.1, x5 , 0.8, 0.0, 0.2

In order to find the best alternative, we utilize the

existing TOPSIS approach as proposed by [36]. For Then the aim of this problem is to classify the

it, the following steps of their approach are followed unknown pattern B ∈ SVNS(X) which is defined as

as %

x1 , 0.7, 0.1, 0.2, x2 , 0.6, 0.3, 0.1, x3 , 0.7,

B=

0.1, 0.2, x4 , 0.5, 0.4, 0.1, x5 , 0.4, 0.5, 0.1

Step 1: The information of each alternative in

SVNS environment is represented in the in one of the class of A1 and A2 . For it, if we

form of decision matrix as given in Equa- apply the existing normalized Hamming (dN ) and

tion (13). Euclidean (qN ) distances [20] as defined in Equations

Step 2: The positive and negative ideal (14) and (15) respectively, between the alternatives

solutions are obtained as A+ = Ai (i = 1, 2) and the unknown pattern B

{0.5, 0.2, 0.2, 0.6, 0.2, 0.1, 0.4, 0.2,

dN (Ai , B) =

0.3} and A− = {0.4, 0.3, 0.3, ⎧ ⎫

0.6, 0.3, 0.2, 0.3, 0.3, 0.4}, respec- ⎪

⎪ |ζAi (xj ) − ζB (xj )| ⎪

⎪

1 ⎨ ⎬

n

tively.

+ |ρAi (xj ) − ρB (xj )| (14)

Step 3: Based on these values, the hamming ⎪ ⎪

j=1 ⎪ ⎪

3n

⎩ ⎭

distance measures between the alterna- + |ϑAi (xj ) − ϑB (xj )|

tives Ai (i = 1, 2) and ideals solutions

and

are evaluted as d(A1 , A+ ) = 0.0444,

d(A1 , A− ) = 0.0444, d(A2 , A+ ) = qN (Ai , B) =

−

0.0444 and d(A2 , A ) = 0.0444. &

' ⎧) *2 ⎫

Step 4: Thus, the optimal values of ' ⎪

⎪ ζAi (xj ) − ζB (xj ) ⎪

⎪

' n ⎪⎨ ) ⎪

the relative − closeness coefficient '1

' *2 ⎬

Ri = d(Ai ,Ad(A i ,A ) ' 3n + ρAi (xj ) − ρB (xj ) (15)

of each alter- ( ⎪ ⎪

j=1 ⎪ *2 ⎪

+ )+d(A ,A− )

i

native Ai (i = 1, 2) are computed as ⎪

⎩ ) ⎪

⎭

+ ϑAi (xj ) − ϑB (xj )

R1 = 0.5 and R2 = 0.5. Hence, this

method is unable to rank the given then, we get the measurement values correspond-

alternatives. ing to the set A1 and A2 as dN (A1 , B) =

Nancy and H. Garg / A novel divergence measure and its based TOPSIS method under SVNS 113

0.1751. Thus, this existing approach is unable to clas-

sify the pattern B with any one of the class of A1 and In this manuscript, the theory of SVNS has been

A2 . On the other hand, if we apply the proposed diver- enriched by proposing a new information measure,

gence measure between the alternative Ai (i = 1, 2) called as divergence measure, to evaluate the discrim-

and B, then we get their values as D(A1 |B) = 0.0901 ination between the two SVNSs. Some properties

and D(A2 |B) = 0.1061. Hence, we conclude that and the correlations of the measure have been inves-

unknown pattern B is most likely to belong to the class tigated in detail. A maximizing divergence method

of A2 . Therefore, the proposed divergence measure has been presented to determine the optimal criterion

is successfully work in those cases where the existing weights under SVN environment. Then, a single-

measure fails. valued neutrosophic TOPSIS is proposed to solve

the decision-making problems. A practical example

Example 3.3. Consider two SVNSs is given to validate its effectiveness and practicality.

A1 = {x1 , 0.6, 0.1, 0.2, x2 , 0.5, 0.1, 0.3, From the study, we resolve that the proposed mea-

x3 , 0.4, 0.1, 0.1} and A2 = {x1 , 0.5, 0.1 ,0.2, sure shows its superiority in those cases also where

x2 , 0.4, 0.1, 0.3, x3 , 0.4, 0.1, 0.1} defined the existing measures fail to classify the objects. In

over the universal set X = {x1 , x2 , x3 }. Let the the future, we will extend the proposed approach to

ideal solution considered by decision maker the Pythagorean fuzzy set environment [38–40] and

is B = {x1 , 0.6, 0.1, 0.2, x2 , 0.4, 0.1, 0.3, uncertain and fuzzy environment [41–43].

x3 , 0.5, 0.1, 0.1}. In order to rank these alter-

natives, we apply the existing improved cosine

similarity measures [23], defined in Equations (16) Acknowledgments

and (17), as

The authors are thankful to the editor and anony-

SC1 (Ai , B) mous reviewers for their constructive comments and

⎡ ⎛ ⎞⎤

|ζAi (xj ) − ζB (xj )|, suggestions that helped us in improving the paper

1 ⎢π ⎜ ⎟⎥

n

significantly.

= cos ⎢

⎣ max ⎜

⎝ |ρAi (xj ) − ρB (xj )|,⎟ ⎥

⎠⎦(16)

n 2

j=1

|ϑAi (xj ) − ϑB (xj )|

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