Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 2737–2749 | Cite as

A Linguistic Neutrosophic Multi-criteria Group Decision-Making Approach with EDAS Method

  • Ying-ying Li
  • Jian-qiang WangEmail author
  • Tie-li Wang
Research Article - Systems Engineering


This study develops an approach that incorporates power aggregation operators with the evaluation based on distance from average solution (EDAS) method under linguistic neutrosophic situations to solve fuzzy multi-criteria group decision-making problems. Firstly, the existing operational laws and comparison methods of linguistic neutrosophic numbers (LNNs) are analysed. Secondly, the distance measurement between two LNNs is defined. Thirdly, the power-weighted averaging operator and the power-weighted geometric operator with LNNs are developed to support the decision makers’ evaluation information. The models to derive the criteria weights are also constructed based on the proposed distance measurements. Finally, the EDAS method is extended to resolve group decision-making problems in the linguistic neutrosophic environment. An illustrative example of the property management company selection is given to verify the effectiveness and practicality of the proposed approach.


Multi-criteria group decision-making Linguistic neutrosophic numbers Distance measurements Power aggregation operator Evaluation based on distance from average solution method 


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The authors thank the editor in chief and the anonymous referees for their insightful and constructive comments and suggestions, which have significantly improved this paper. This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71571193).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessCentral South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Management SchoolUniversity of South ChinaHengyangPeople’s Republic of China

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