The definition system and computational rule of grey determinant and its application to n grey equations with n grey linear equations

Qiao‐Xing Li (Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, People's Republic of China)
Nai‐Ang Wang (Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, People's Republic of China)
Shi‐Cheng Chen (Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, People's Republic of China)

Grey Systems: Theory and Application

ISSN: 2043-9377

Publication date: 26 October 2012

Abstract

Purpose

This paper attempts to establish the conceptional and computational systems of grey determinant and apply it to solve n grey equations with n grey linear equations, which can be viewed as the important parts of grey mathematics.

Design/methodology/approach

Starting from the fact that missing information often appears in complex systems, the true values of elements when constructing a determinant and of coefficients when solving n equations with n linear equations cannot be obtained, so they are uncertain. However, their ranges can be obtained by using correct investigation methods. The uncertain elements and coefficients are grey and their ranges are number‐covered sets. On the basis of the results of Li and Wang, the paper systematically proposes the definition system of grey determinant and n grey linear equations, and utilizes the computational rules of grey determinant to solve the n grey equations with n grey linear equations. Some numerical examples are computed to illustrate the results in this paper.

Findings

The results show that the ranges of grey value of grey determinant and grey solutions of grey equations with n grey linear equations can be obtained by using computational rules proposed.

Practical implications

Because the determinant and the linear equations have been widely used in many fields such as system controlling, economic analysis and social management, and the missing information is a general phenomenon for complex systems, grey determinant and grey linear equations may have great potential application in the real world. The method realizes the feasibility of system analysis under uncertain situations.

Originality/value

The paper succeeds in providing systematic results of computation of uncertain determinant and n linear equations by using grey systems theory and enriches the contents of grey mathematics.

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Citation

Li, Q., Wang, N. and Chen, S. (2012), "The definition system and computational rule of grey determinant and its application to n grey equations with n grey linear equations", Grey Systems: Theory and Application, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 359-384. https://doi.org/10.1108/20439371211273258

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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