Mixed aggregation functions for outliers detection

Hengshan Zhang, Chunru Chen, Tianhua Chen, Zhongmin Wang, Yanping Chen

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A scenario that often encounters in the event of aggregating options of different experts for the acquisition of a robust overall consensus is the possible existence of extremely large or small values termed as outliers in this paper, which easily lead to counter-intuitive results in decision aggregation. This paper attempts to devise a novel approach to tackle the consensus outliers especially for non-uniform data, filling the gap in the existing literature. In particular, the concentrate region for a set of nonuniform data is first computed with the proposed searching algorithm such that the domain of aggregation function is partitioned into sub-regions. The aggregation will then operate adaptively with respect to the corresponding sub-regions previously partitioned. Finally, the overall aggregation is operated with a proposed novel consensus measure. To demonstrate the working and efficacy of the proposed approach, several illustrative examples are given in comparison to a number of alternative aggregation functions, with the results achieved being more intuitive and of higher consensus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3999-4012
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems
Issue number3
Early online date4 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2021


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