Fuzzy Sets pp 291-308 | Cite as

A Fuzzy Analysis of Consensus in Small Groups

  • Bonnie Spillman
  • Richard Spillman
  • James Bezdek


This paper examines a new measure of consensus in small groups based on fuzzy mathematics which overcomes the difficulties found in other fuzzy consensus measures. The method involves the construction of α-Consensus measures from fuzzy relations. These measures are integrated over a to produce a measure of small group consensus. This procedure is useful in analyzing how groups reach a decision. Results of an experimental application of this fuzzy analysis procedure are given to illustrate the proposed technique.


Group Consensus Coalition Structure Fuzzy Relation Fuzzy Measure Preference Matrix 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bonnie Spillman
    • 1
  • Richard Spillman
    • 2
  • James Bezdek
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RhetoricUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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