Operational Research

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 67–97 | Cite as

Fuzzy chance-constrained geometric programming: the possibility, necessity and credibility approaches

  • Rashed Khanjani Shiraz
  • Madjid Tavana
  • Hirofumi Fukuyama
  • Debora Di Caprio
Original Paper


Geometric programming (GP) is a powerful tool for solving a variety of optimization problems. Most GP problems involve precise parameters. However, the observed values of the parameters in real-life GP problems are often imprecise or vague and, consequently, the optimization process and the related decisions take place in the face of uncertainty. The uncertainty associated with the coefficients of GP problems can be formalized using fuzzy variables. In this paper, we propose chance-constrained GP to deal with the impreciseness and the ambiguity inherent to real-life GP problems. Given a fuzzy GP model, we formulate three variants of chance-constrained GP based on the possibility, necessity and credibility approaches and show how they can be transformed into equivalent deterministic GP problems to be solved via the duality algorithm. We demonstrate the applicability of the proposed models and the efficacy of the introduced procedures with two numerical examples.


Geometric programming Chance-constrained programming Fuzzy logic Possibility Necessity Credibility 



The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers and the editor for their insightful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rashed Khanjani Shiraz
    • 1
  • Madjid Tavana
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hirofumi Fukuyama
    • 4
  • Debora Di Caprio
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Mathematics ScienceUniversity of TabrizTabrizIran
  2. 2.Distinguished Chair of Business Analytics, Business Systems and Analytics DepartmentLa Salle UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Business Information Systems Department, Faculty of Business Administration and EconomicsUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  4. 4.Faculty of CommerceFukuoka UniversityFukuokaJapan
  5. 5.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  6. 6.Polo Tecnologico IISS G. GalileiBolzanoItaly

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