Soft Computing

, Volume 14, Issue 11, pp 1141–1150 | Cite as

Fuzzy decision maps: a generalization of the DEMATEL methods

  • Gwo-Hshiung Tzeng
  • Wen-Hsien Chen
  • Rachung YuEmail author
  • Meng-Lin Shih
Original Paper


The Decision making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL) method is used to build and analyze a structural model with causal relationships between different criteria. In this paper, it shows that DEMATEL is the specific case of fuzzy decision maps (FDM) when the threshold function is linear. Both FDM and DEMATEL have the same direct and indirect influence matrix. FDM incorporates the eigenvalue method, the fuzzy cognitive maps, and the weighting equation. In addition two numerical examples are illustrated to demonstrate the proposed results. On the basis of the mathematical proof and numerical results, we can conclude that FDM is a generalization of DEMATEL method.


Structural model Fuzzy decision maps Fuzzy cognitive maps Decision making trial and evaluation laboratory Multiple criteria decision making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwo-Hshiung Tzeng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wen-Hsien Chen
    • 3
  • Rachung Yu
    • 4
    Email author
  • Meng-Lin Shih
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationKainan UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan
  2. 2.Institute of Management of TechnologyNational Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchuTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Management Information SystemTakming University of Science and TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of Information TechnologyChing Kuo Institute of Management and HealthKeelungTaiwan
  5. 5.Department of Information ManagementNational Chung Cheng UniversityMing-HsiungTaiwan

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