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Missing value imputation method for disaster decision-making using K nearest neighbor

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Due to destructiveness of natural disasters, restriction of disaster scenarios and some human causes, missing data usually occur in disaster decision-making problems. In order to estimate missing values of alternatives, this paper focuses on imputing heterogeneous attribute values of disaster based on an improved K nearest neighbor imputation (KNNI) method. Firstly, some definitions of trapezoidal fuzzy numbers (TFNs) are introduced and three types of attributes (i.e. linguistic term sets, intervals and real numbers) are converted to TFNs. Then the correlated degree model is utilized to extract related attributes to form instances that will be used in K nearest neighbor algorithm, and a novel KNNI method merging with correlated degree model is presented. Finally, an illustrative example is given to verify the proposed method and to demonstrate its feasibility and effectiveness.
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Keywords: K nearest neighbor; disaster; missing values; trapezoidal fuzzy numbers

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institute of Information Management and Information Systems, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, People's Republic of China

Publication date: March 11, 2016

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