IIM  Vol.12 No.1 , January 2020
The Approach to Probabilistic Decision-Theoretic Rough Set in Intuitionistic Fuzzy Information Systems
Author(s) Binbin Sang1,2, Xiaoyan Zhang1,3*
ABSTRACT
For the moment, the representative and hot research is decision-theoretic rough set (DTRS) which provides a new viewpoint to deal with decision-making problems under risk and uncertainty, and has been applied in many fields. Based on rough set theory, Yao proposed the three-way decision theory which is a prolongation of the classical two-way decision approach. This paper investigates the probabilistic DTRS in the framework of intuitionistic fuzzy information system (IFIS). Firstly, based on IFIS, this paper constructs fuzzy approximate spaces and intuitionistic fuzzy (IF) approximate spaces by defining fuzzy equivalence relation and IF equivalence relation, respectively. And the fuzzy probabilistic spaces and IF probabilistic spaces are based on fuzzy approximate spaces and IF approximate spaces, respectively. Thus, the fuzzy probabilistic approximate spaces and the IF probabilistic approximate spaces are constructed, respectively. Then, based on the three-way decision theory, this paper structures DTRS approach model on fuzzy probabilistic approximate spaces and IF probabilistic approximate spaces, respectively. So, the fuzzy decision-theoretic rough set (FDTRS) model and the intuitionistic fuzzy decision-theoretic rough set (IFDTRS) model are constructed on fuzzy probabilistic approximate spaces and IF probabilistic approximate spaces, respectively. Finally, based on the above DTRS model, some illustrative examples about the risk investment of projects are introduced to make decision analysis. Furthermore, the effectiveness of this method is verified.

1. Introduction

Rough set [1] is a kind of theory of dealing with imprecise and incomplete data by Poland mathematician Pawlak. It is a significant mathematic tool in the areas of data mining [2] and decision theory [3]. Compared with the classical set theory, rough set theory does not require any transcendental knowledge about data, such as membership function of fuzzy set or probability distribution. Pawlak mainly based on the object between the indistinguishability of the theory of object clustering into basic knowledge domain, by using the basic knowledge of the upper and lower approximation [4] to describe the data object uncertainty, which derives the concept of classification or decision rule. Related researches spread many field, for instance, machine learning [5] - [10], cloud computing [11] [12] [13] [14], knowledge discovery [15] [16] [17] [18], biological information processing [19] [20], artificial intelligence [21] [22] [23] [24] [25], neural computing [26] [27] [28] and so on.

The concept of intuitionistic fuzzy set theory [29] was proposed by Atanassov in 1986. As a generalization of fuzzy set, the concept of IF set has been successfully applied in many field for data analysis [30] [31] [32] and pattern recognition [33] [34]. IF set is compatible with the three aspects of membership and non membership and hesitation. Therefore, IF sets are more comprehensive and practical than the traditional fuzzy sets in dealing with vagueness and uncertainty. Combing IF set theory and rough set theory may result in a new hybrid mathematical structure [35] [36] for the requirement of knowledge-handling system. Studies of the combination of information system and IF set theory are being accepted as a vigorous research direction to rough set theory. Based on intuitionistic fuzzy information system [37], a large amount of researchers focused on the theory of IF set. Recently, Zhang et al. [38] defined two new dominance relations and obtained two generalized dominance rough set models according to defining the overall evaluations and adding particular requirements for some individual attributes. Meanwhile, the attribute reductions of dominance IF decision information systems are also examined with these two models. Zhong et al. [39] extended the TOPSIS (technique for order performance by similarity to an ideal solution) approach to deal with hybrid IF information. Feng et al. [40] studied probability problems of IF sets and the belief structure of general IFIS. Xu et al. [41] investigated the definite integrals of multiplicative IFIS in decision making. Furthermore, they studied the forms of indefinite integrals, deduced the fundamental theorem of calculus, derived the concrete formulas for ease of calculating definite integrals from different angles, and discussed some useful properties of the proposed definite integrals.

As we all know, the Pawlak algebra rough set model is used to simulate the concept granulation ability and the concept approximation ability of human intelligence. The algebraic inclusion relation between concept and granule is the theoretical basis of the simulation. However, there is an obvious deficiency in the simulation of human intelligence in terms of the fault tolerance of simulated human intelligence. To solve this problem, many researchers have proposed a decision rough set model. The DTRS have established the decisions rough set model with noise tolerance mechanism, which defines concept boundaries make Bayes risk decision method [42] [43]. The concept of DTRS three decision includes positive region, boundary region and negative region. Positive region determine acceptance. Negative region determine reject, and bounds region are to make decision of deferment. As an stretch of the Pawlak’s rough set model, it has been extraordinarily popular in varieties of practical and theoretical fields, for instance, expanded his research in the field of rough set theory [44] [45] [46] [47] and information filtering [48] [49] [50], risk decision analysis [51], cluster analysis and text classification [52], network support system and game analysis [53]. Recently, DTRS has been paid more and more attention. Zhou et al. [50] introduced a three-way decision approach to filter spam based on Bayesian decision theory, Li et al. [54] presented a full description on diverse decisions according to different risk bias of decision makers, and Liu et al. [55] emphasized on the semantic studies on investment problems. Liu chose the topgallant action with maximum conditional profit. A pair of a cost function and a revenue function is used to calculate the two thresholds automatically. On the other hand, Xu et al. [3] studied two kinds of generalized multigranulation double-quantitative DTRS by considering relative and absolute quantitative information, Yao et al. [56] [57] [58] provided a formal description of this method within the framework of probabilistic rough sets, and Liu et al. [59] studied the semantics of loss functions, and exploited the differences of losses replace actual losses to construct a new “four-level” approach of probabilistic rules choosing criteria. Furthermore, Yang et al. [60] proposed a fuzzy probabilistic rough set model on two universes. Although they have discussed fuzzy relation in their paper, it is the λ-cut sets of fuzzy relation replaced the fuzzy relation itself that works when computing the conditional probability [61] [62] [63]. Sun et al. [64] presented a decision-theoretic rough fuzzy set. That is, they structured a non-parametric definition of the probabilistic rough fuzzy set.

However, these DTRS models have just discussed the classical equivalence relations. Thus, IFIS data make them more difficulty to function. Such as, when dealing with a IFIS data, the fuzzy equivalence relation or IF equivalence relation obtained from data should be first transformed into classical equivalence relation in case of computing probability. This is complicated, and this may cause information loss for improper λ. In order to accurately deal with IFIS data, we transmute IFIS into fuzzy approximate space and IF approximate space by fuzzy equivalence relation and IF equivalence relation respectively. By considering fuzzy probability and IF probability, the fuzzy probabilistic approximate spaces and the IF probabilistic approximate spaces are constructed, respectively. Then, DTRS model has been established in fuzzy probabilistic approximate space and IF probabilistic approximate space, respectively. Consequently, we can conduct decision analysis on IFIS data by the proposed FDTRS model and IFDTRS model, respectively. This is the main work of this paper.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. Section 2 provides the basic concept of fuzzy set, fuzzy relation, fuzzy probability, IF set, IFIS etc. In Section 3, we construct fuzzy approximate spaces by defining fuzzy equivalence relation. By considering fuzzy probability, we propose FDTRS model in fuzzy probabilistic approximate space. The effectiveness of the model is proved by a case. In Section 4, we construct IF probabilistic approximate spaces by defined IF equivalence relation. By considering IF probability, we propose IFDTRS model in IF probabilistic approximate space. Besides, we generalize the loss function λ. The effectiveness of the model is proved by a case. At last, we conclude our research and suggest further research directions in Section 5.

2. Preliminaries

For more convenience, this section recalls some basic concepts of fuzzy set, fuzzy relation, fuzzy probability, intuitionistic fuzzy sets, intuitionistic fuzzy information system etc. More details can be found in [29] [40] [65] [66] [67].

2.1. Fuzzy Set, Fuzzy Relation and Fuzzy Probability

Definition 2.1.1 [65] Let U be a universe of discourse

A : U [ 0,1 ]

u | A (x)

then A is called fuzzy set on U. A ( x ) is called the membership function of A.

The family of all fuzzy sets on U is denoted by F ( U ) . Let A , B F ( U ) . Related operations of fuzzy sets.

1) x U , B ( x ) A ( x ) B A .

2) ( A B ) ( x ) = A ( x ) B ( x ) = max ( A ( x ) , B ( x ) ) ; ( A B ) ( x ) = A ( x ) B ( x ) = min ( A ( x ) , B ( x ) ) .

3) ( A B ) ( x ) = A ( x ) B ( x ) , A c ( x ) = 1 A ( x ) .

Definition 2.1.1 [66] Let R is a fuzzy relation, we say that

1) R is referred to as a reflexive relation if for any x U , R ( x , x ) = 1 .

2) R is referred to as a symmetric relation if for any x , y U , R ( x , y ) = R ( y , x ) .

3) R is referred to as a transitive relation if for any x , y , z U , R ( x , y ) z U ( R ( x , z ) R ( z , y ) ) .

If R is reflexive, symmetric and transitive on U, then we say that R is a fuzzy equivalence relation on U.

Definition 2.1.2 [67] Let ( U , A , P ) be a probability space. Where A is the family of all fuzzy sets that is denoted by F ( U ) . Then A A is a fuzzy event on U. The probability of A is

P ( A ) U A ( x ) d P .

If U is a finite set, U = { x i | i = 1 , 2 , , n } , P ( x i ) = p i , then

P ( A ) i = 1 n A ( x i ) p i

Proposition 2.1.1 Let ( U , A , P ) be a probability space A , B A . The property of the establishment.

1) P ( U ) = 1 ,that is P ( U ) = U d P = 1 ;

2) 0 P ( A ) 1 ;

3) A B , P ( A ) P ( B ) ;

4) P ( A c ) = 1 P ( A ) ;

5) P ( A B ) = P ( A ) + P ( B ) P ( A B ) ;

6) P ( A B ) = P ( A ) + P ( B ) , A B = .

Definition 2.1.3 [67] Let ( U , A , P ) be a probability space and A , B be two fuzzy events on U. If P ( B ) 0 then

P ( A | B ) = P ( A B ) P (B)

is called the conditional probability of A given B.

Proposition 2.1.2 Let ( U , A , P ) be a probability space and A be a classical event on X. Then, for each fuzzy event B on X, it holds that

P ( A | B ) + P ( A c | B ) = 1

Proof.

P ( A | B ) + P ( A c | B ) = P ( A B ) P ( B ) + P ( A c B ) P ( B ) = U A ( x ) B ( x ) d P U B ( x ) d P + U A c ( x ) B ( x ) d P U B ( x ) d P = A B ( x ) d P + A c B ( x ) d P U B ( x ) d P = A A c B ( x ) d P U B ( x ) d P = 1

2.2. IF relation, IF Information System and IF Probability

Definition 2.2.1 [29] Let X be a non empty classic set. The three reorganization in X like A = { x , μ A ( x ) , ν A ( x ) | x X } meets the following three points.

1) μ A [ 0,1 ] indicates that the element of X belongs to the A membership degree.

2) ν A [ 0,1 ] indicates that the non membership degree.

3) 0 A ( x ) + ν A ( x ) 1 .

A is called an intuitionistic fuzzy set on the X.

Related operations of IF sets. Suppose

A = { x , μ A ( x ) , ν A ( x ) | x X } I F ( X ) ,

B = { x , μ B ( x ) , ν B ( x ) | x X } I F ( X ) .

A B μ A ( x ) μ B ( x ) and ν A ( x ) ν B ( x ) , x X ;

A B = { x , min { μ A ( x ) , μ B ( x ) } , max { ν A ( x ) , ν B ( x ) } | x X } ;

A B = { x , max { μ A ( x ) , μ B ( x ) } , min { ν A ( x ) , ν B ( x ) } | x X } ;

A c = { x , ν A ( x ) , μ A ( x ) | x X } .

Definition 2.2.2 An intuitionistic fuzzy relation R on a non-empty set X is a mapping R : X × X L defined as R ( x , y ) = μ R ( x , y ) , ν R ( x , y ) L For x , y X .The family of all IF relations on X is denoted by R . An IF relation R R is:

1) Reflexive, if R ( x , x ) = 1 for each x X ;

2) Symmetric, if R ( x , y ) = R ( y , x ) for each x , y X ;

3) Transitive, if y X ( R ( x , y ) R ( y , z ) ) L R ( x , z ) for each x , y , z X .

We write the IF relation R ( x , y ) = ( μ R ( x , y ) , ν R ( x , y ) ) for simplicity, where μ R ( x , y ) , ν R ( x , y ) : X × X I = [ 0,1 ] and satisfy μ R ( x , y ) + ν R ( x , y ) 1, x , y X .

If X = { x 1 , x 2 , , x n } is a finite set, then an IF relation R : X × X L can be represented by an IF matrix form R = ( R ( x i , x j ) ) n × n , i.e. Then

R = ( ( μ R ( x 1 , x 1 ) , ν R ( x 1 , x 1 ) ) ( μ R ( x 1 , x 2 ) , ν R ( x 1 , x 2 ) ) ( μ R ( x 1 , x n ) , ν R ( x 1 , x n ) ) ( μ R ( x 2 , x 1 ) , ν R ( x 2 , x 1 ) ) ( μ R ( x 2 , x 2 ) , ν R ( x 2 , x 2 ) ) ( μ R ( x 2 , x n ) , ν R ( x 2 , x n ) ) ( μ R ( x n , x 1 ) , ν R ( x n , x 1 ) ) ( μ R ( x n , x 2 ) , ν R ( x n , x 2 ) ) ( μ R ( x n , x n ) , ν R ( x n , x n ) ) ) .

V ( R ) is the collection of IFVs R ( x i , x j ) for i , j = 1,2, , n , i.e. V ( R ) = { α | α = R ( x i , x j ) forsome i , j = 1,2, , n }

Definition 2.2.3 [40] An IF information system is an ordered quadruple I = ( U , A T , V , f ) .

U = { x 1 , x 2 , , x n } is a non-empty finite set of objects;

A T = { a 1 , a 2 , , a p } is a non-empty finite set of attributes;

V = a A T V a and V a is a domain of attribute a;

f : U × A T V is a function such that f ( x , a ) V a , for each a A T , x U , called an information function, where V a is an IF set of universe U. That is f ( x , a ) = μ a ( x ) , ν a ( x ) , for all a A T .

Definition 2.2.4 Let ( U , A ˜ , P ) be a IF probability space. Where A ˜ is the family of all IF sets that is denoted by F ( U ) . Then A A ˜ is a IF event on U. The probability of A is

P ( A ) = U A ( x ) d P = U μ A ( x ) d P , U ν A ( x ) d P = P ( μ A ) , P ( ν A ) .

Among P ( μ A ) is probability of membership, P ( ν A ) is probability of nonmembership.

Proposition 2.2.1 Each IF event A is associated with an IF probability P ( A ) . The P is called an IF probability measure on U which is generated by P. If A degenerates into a classical event or a fuzzy event A it follows that P ( A ) = P ( A ) .

Proposition 2.2.2 Also, if U = { x 1 , x 2 , , x n } is a finite set and p i = P ( x i ) , then

P ( A ) = i = 1 n A ( x i ) p i = i = 1 n μ A ( x i ) p i , i = 1 n ν A ( x i ) p i .

Definition 2.2.4 Let ( U , A , P ) be a probability space and A , B be two IF events on U. If P ( ν B ) 0 and P ( μ B ) 0 then

P ( A | B ) = ( P ( μ A | μ B ) , P ( ν A | ν B ) ) .

is called the IF conditional probability of A given B.

2.3. Decision-Theoretic Rough Sets

Decision-theoretic rough sets were first proposed by Yao [42] for the Bayesian decision process. Based on the thoughts of three-way decisions, DTRS adopt two state sets and three action sets to depict the decision-making process. The state set is denoted by Ω = { X , X c } showing that an object belongs to X and is outside X, respectively. The action sets with respect to a state are given by A = { a P , a B , a N } , where a P , a B and a N represent three actions about deciding x P O S ( X ) , x B N D ( X ) , and x N E G ( X ) , namely an object x belongs to X, is uncertain and not in X, respectively. The loss function concerning the loss of expected by taking various actions in the different states is given by the 3 × 2 matrix in Table 1.

In Table 1, λ P P , λ B P and λ N P express the losses happened for taking actions of a P , a B and a N , respectively, when an object belongs to X. Similarly, λ P N , λ B N and λ N N indicate the losses incurred for taking the same actions when the object does not belong to X. For an object x, the expected loss on taking the actions could be expressed as:

R ( a P | [ x ] R ) = λ P P P ( X | [ x ] R ) + λ P N P ( X c | [ x ] R ) ; (1)

R ( a B | [ x ] R ) = λ B P P ( X | iginal="//html.scirp.org/file/1-8701503x653.png" />, the loss function must satisfies ;

Case 3: When, the loss function must satisfies .

4.3. Case Study

Now continue to use case 3.3 as the research object, and make the rough set theory of decision making under the IF probability approximation space. On the basis of Table 2, the hypothesis is a IF probability approximation space, including, is a IF relation, as shown in Table 6. Now assume that the preference probability distribution on U is, , , , , , , , ,. Let denotes a decision class in which the classes are excellent. In the Bayesian decision process, some experts will provide values of the loss function for X, i.e.. It exhibits three cases in Table 7. Consider the loss function of Table 7, there are;; .

And the IF conditional probabilities for every are computed as follows (by Equations. (12)):

Table 6. A IF relation on U.

Table 7. Three cases of loss function.

, ,

, ,

, ,

, ,

,.

Case 1: When, namely, , it follows that

,.

and

, ,

.

Based on these achievements, we can get the corresponding decision rules as follows:

The investors most probably choose this scheme.

The investors are less likely to invest.

We are not sure for who need further investigation.

Case 2: When, namely, , it follows that

,.

and

, ,

.

According to the calculation results, the decision rules in case 2 can present as follows:

The investors most probably choose this scheme;

The are less likely to invest.

We are not sure for who need further investigation.

Case 3: When, namely, , it follows that

,.

and

, ,

.

Analogously, we can get the rest of the decision rules associate with these rough regions, as follows:

The investors most probably choose this scheme;

The are less likely to invest;

We are not sure for who need further investigation.

5. Conclusions

The DTRS proposed by Yao et al. is an important development of Pawlak’s rough set theory. We introduced different relations to convert IFIS into fuzzy and IF approximation spaces, respectively. By considering fuzzy probability and IF probability, FDTRS model and IFDTRS model have been established in our work. The main contributions of this paper are as follows. Firstly, FDTRS is discussed in the frame of fuzzy probability approximation spaces, and the corresponding measures and performance are discussed. Secondly, in order to deal with actual situation, we also study IFDTRS model in the frame of IF probability approximation spaces. Finally, we have constructed a case study about risk investment to explain and illustrate decision-making model. In the future, we will investigates other new decision-making methods and the corresponding states being IF sets.

Acknowledgements

This work is supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61976245, 61772002), the Science and Technology Research Program of Chongqing Municipal Education Commission (No.KJ1709221), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. XDJK2019B029).

Cite this paper
Sang, B. , Zhang, X. (2020) The Approach to Probabilistic Decision-Theoretic Rough Set in Intuitionistic Fuzzy Information Systems. Intelligent Information Management, 12, 1-26. doi: 10.4236/iim.2020.121001.
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