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A novel grey relational model based on grey number sequences

Nai‐ming Xie (College of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)
Si‐feng Liu (College of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)

Grey Systems: Theory and Application

ISSN: 2043-9377

Article publication date: 19 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to construct a novel grey relational model based on grey number sequences and to solve the problems which exist in traditional grey relational models, in which the uncertain information cannot be described.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the definition of traditional grey relational models, considering the limited information and knowledge, the algorithm of grey numbers was combined with the grey relational model. A general formula of grey operations and grey distance is defined. A novel grey relational model based on grey number sequences, named grey geometrical relational model, is proposed according to the definition of grey distance. Finally, several properties including parallel, multiple and order‐keeping about the proposed model are discussed.

Findings

The results show that the novel grey relational model satisfies the properties properly. It is useful to calculate the relational degree of two different grey number sequences. And the process of calculating is easier than traditional grey relational models.

Practical implications

The method exposed in the paper can be used to calculate every two sequences. The method can also be used to rank sequences of more than two.

Originality/value

The paper succeeds in constructing a novel grey relational model. The properties of novel model are studied and it is a new development in grey systems theory undoubtedly.

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Citation

Xie, N. and Liu, S. (2011), "A novel grey relational model based on grey number sequences", Grey Systems: Theory and Application, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 117-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/20439371111163747

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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