A Feedback Mechanism with Bounded Confidence- Based Optimization Approach for Consensus Reaching in Multiple Attribute Large-Scale Group Decision-Making

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IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, 2019, 6 (5), pp. 994 - 1006
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© 2014 IEEE. Different feedback mechanisms have been developed in large-scale group decision-making (GDM) to provide the decision-makers with advices for preference adjustment with the aim of improving the group consensus level. However, the willingness of the decision-makers to accept these advices is rarely considered in the extant feedback mechanisms. In the field of opinion dynamics, this issue is studied by the bounded confidence model, which shows that the decision-makers only consider the preferences that differ from their own preferences not more than a certain confidence level. Following this idea, this article proposes a large-scale consensus model with a bounded confidence-based feedback mechanism to promote the consensus level among decision-makers with bounded confidences. Specifically, this feedback mechanism classifies the decision-makers into different clusters and provides the corresponding clusters with more acceptable advices based on a bounded confidence-based optimization approach. Finally, through the numerical example and the simulation analysis, the use of the model is introduced, and the effectiveness of the model is justified.
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