Mathematical Modeling and Models for Optimal DecisionMaking in Health Care
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Some Similarity Measures of Neutrosophic Sets Based on the Euclidean Distance and Their Application in Medical Diagnosis
Abstract
Similarity measure is an important tool in multiple criteria decisionmaking problems, which can be used to measure the difference between the alternatives. In this paper, some new similarity measures of singlevalued neutrosophic sets (SVNSs) and intervalvalued neutrosophic sets (IVNSs) are defined based on the Euclidean distance measure, respectively, and the proposed similarity measures satisfy the axiom of the similarity measure. Furthermore, we apply the proposed similarity measures to medical diagnosis decision problem; the numerical example is used to illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed similarity measures of SVNSs and IVNSs, which are then compared to other existing similarity measures.
1. Introduction
The concept of fuzzy set (FS) in was proposed by Zadeh [1], where the membership degree is a single value between zero and one. The FS has been widely applied in many fields, such as medical diagnosis, image processing, supply decisionmaking [2–4], and so on. In some uncertain decisionmaking problems, the degree of membership is assumed not exactly as a numerical value but as an interval. Hence, Zadeh [5] proposed the intervalvalued fuzzy set (IVFS). However, the FS and IVFS only have the membership degree, and they cannot describe the nonmembership degree of the element belonging to the set. For example, in the national entrance examination for postgraduate, a panel of ten professors evaluated the admission of a student; five professors considered the student can be accepted, three professors disapproved of his or her admission, and two professors remained neutral. In this case, the FS and IVFS cannot represent such information. In order to solve this problem, Atanassov et al. [6] proposed the intuitionistic fuzzy set (IFS) , where and represent the membership degree and nonmembership degree, respectively, and the indeterminacymembership degree . The IFS is more effective to deal with the vague information than the FS and IVFS. Then, the information about the admission of the student can be represented as an IFS , where stand for the membership degree, nonmembership degree, and indeterminacymembership degree, respectively. However, the IFS also have limitation in expressing the decision information. For example, three groups of experts evaluate the benefits of the stock, a group of experts thinks the possibility of the stock that will be profitable is 0.6, the second group of experts thinks the possibility of loss is 0.3, the third group of experts is not sure whether the stock that will be profitable is 0.4. In this case, the IFS cannot express such information because . Therefore, Wang et al. [7] proposed a singlevalued neutrosophic set (SVNS) , where represent the degree of the truthmembership, indeterminacymembership, and falsitymembership, respectively, and they belong to . So, the information about the benefits of the stock can be represented as . However, due to the uncertainty of the decisionmaking environment in multiple criteria decisionmaking problems, the single numerical value cannot meet the needs of evaluating information. Then, Wang [8] defined the intervalvalued neutrosophic set (IVNS) based on the SVNS, which used the interval to describe truth membership degree, indeterminacy membership degree, and falsity membership degree, respectively. Since the neutrosophic set was proposed, there have been some researchers focusing on this subject [9–12].
On the other hand, similarity measure is an important tool in multiple criteria decisionmaking problems, which can be used to measure the difference between the alternatives. Many studies about the similarity measure are obtained. For example, Beg et al. [13] proposed a similarity measure of FSs based on the concept of transitivity and discussed the degree of transitivity of different similarity measures. Song et al. [14] considered the similarity measure of IFSs and proposed corresponding distance measure between intuitionistic fuzzy belief functions. Majumdar and Samanta [15] proposed a similarity measure between SVNSs based on the membership degree.
In addition, cosine similarity measure is also an important similarity measure, and it can be defined as the inner product of two vectors divided by the product of their lengths. There are some scholars who study the cosine similarity measures [16–21]. For example, Ye [16] proposed the cosine similarity measure and weighted cosine similarity measure of IVFSs with risk preference, and they were applied to the supplier selection problem. Then, Ye [17] proposed the cosine similarity measure of IFSs and applied it to medical diagnosis and pattern recognition. Furthermore, Ye [18] defined the cosine similarity measure of SVNSs and IVNSs, but when the SVNSs , (the example can be seen in Section 3). Furthermore, Ye [19] proposed the improved cosine similarity measures of SVNSs and IVNSs based on cosine function.
In this paper, we propose a new method to construct the similarity measures of SVNSs, which is based on the existing similarity measure proposed by Majumdar and Samanta [15] and Ye [18], respectively. They play an important role in practical application, especially in pattern recognition, medical diagnosis, and so on. Furthermore, we will propose the corresponding similarity measures of IVNSs.
The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the basic definition and some properties about SVNS and IVNS are given. In Section 3, we proposed a method to construct the new similarity measures of SVNSs and IVNSs, respectively. In Section 4, we apply the proposed new similarity measures to medical diagnosis problems, the numerical examples are used to illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed similarity measures, which are then compared to other existing similarity measures. Finally, the conclusions and future studies are discussed in Section 5.
2. Preliminaries
In this section, we give some basic knowledge about the SVNS and the IVNS. Some existing distance measures are also introduced, which will be used in the next section.
2.1. SVNS
Definition 1. Given a fixed set [7], the SVNS in is defined as follows:where the function defines the truthmembership degree, the function defines indeterminacymembership degree, and the function defines the falsitymembership degree, respectively. For any SVNS , it holds that .
For any two SVNSs and , the following properties are satisfied:(1) if and only if , and (2) if and only if and
2.2. IVNS
Definition 2. Given a fixed set [8], the IVNS on is defined as follows:where , and represent the truthmembership function, the indeterminacymembership function, and the falsitymembership function, respectively. For any , it holds that and .
For any two IVNSs and , the following properties are satisfied:(1) if and only if (2) if and only if and
Remark 1. When , the IVNS is reduced to the SVNS .
2.3. Existing Distance Measures between SVNSs and IVNSs
Definition 3. Let and be any two SVNSs in [15]; then, the Euclidean distance between SVNSs and is defined as follows:
Definition 4. Let and be any two IVNSs in [22]; the Euclidean distance between IVNSs and is defined as follows:Next, we propose a new method to construct the similarity measures of SVNSs and IVNSs based on the Euclidean distance measure.
3. Several New Similarity Measures
The similarity measure is a most widely used tool to evaluate the relationship between two sets. The following axiom about the similarity measure of SVNSs (or IVNSs) should be satisfied:
Lemma 1. Let be the universal set [18] if the similarity measure between SVNSs (or IVNSs) and satisfies the following properties:(1)(2) if and only if (3).Then, the similarity measure is a genuine similarity measure.
3.1. The New Similarity Measures between SVNSs
To introduce the new similarity measure between SVNSs, we first review the similarity measure between and defined by Majumdar et al. [15], which is given as follows:
Definition 5. Let be a universal set [15], for any two SVNSs and ; the similarity measure of SVNSs between and is defined as follows:It is already known that the similarity measure defined by Majumdar et al. [15] satisfies the properties in Lemma 1. It is proposed based on the membership degree; in this section, we adopt the various methods for calculating the similarity measure between neutrosophic sets.
Firstly, we propose a new method to construct a new similarity measure of SVNSs, which is based on the similarity measure proposed by Majumdar et al. [15] and the Euclidean distance; it can be defined as follows:
Definition 6. Let be a universal set, for any two SVNSs and ; a new similarity measure is defined as follows:The proposed similarity measure of SVNSs satisfies the following Theorem 1.
Theorem 1. The similarity measure between and satisfies the following properties:(1)(2) if and only if (3)
Proof. (1)Because is an Euclidean distance measure, obviously, . Furthermore, according to Proposition 4.2.2 by Majumdar et al. [15], we know . Then, , i.e., .(2)If , we have , that is, . Because is the Euclidean distance measure, . Furthermore, is obtained in Proposition 4.2.2 [15], then and should be established at the same time. If the Euclidean distance measure , is obvious. According to Proposition 4.2.2 by Majumdar et al. [15], when , ; so, if , is obtained.On the other hand, when , according to formulae (3) and (5) and are obtained respectively. Furthermore, we can get .(3) is straightforward.From Theorem 1, we know the proposed new similarity measure is a genuine similarity measure.
On the other hand, cosine similarity measure is also an important similarity measure. In 2014, Ye [18] proposed a cosine similarity measure between SVNSs as follows:
Definition 7. Let be a universal set [18], for any two SVNSs and , the cosine similarity measure between and is defined as follows:From Example 1, we know the cosine similarity measure defined by Ye [18] does not satisfy Lemma 1.
Example 1. For two SVNSs and , we can easily know . But using formula (7) to calculate the cosine similarity measure , we have . That is to say, when , , which means the cosine similarity measure defined by Ye [18] does not satisfy the necessary condition of property 2 in Lemma 1; thus, it is not a genuine similarity measure. Furthermore, Ye [19] proposed the improved cosine similarity measures of SVNS based on the cosine similarity measure proposed by Ye [18], which overcomes its shortcoming.
In this paper, we go on proposing another new similarity measure of SVNSs based on the cosine similarity measure proposed by Ye [18] and the Euclidean distance . It considers the similarity measure not only from the point of view of algebra but also from the point of view of geometry, which can be defined as:
Definition 8. Let be a universal set, for any two SVNSs and ; a new similarity measure is defined as follows:
Remark 2. Using formula (8) to calculate Example 1 again, for two SVNSs and , we have . We can see that the proposed new similarity measure overcomes the shortcoming of cosine similarity measure defined by Ye [18].
Theorem 2. The similarity measure between and satisfies the following properties:(1)(2) if and only if (3)
Proof. The proof of the properties (1) and (3) are similar to Theorem 1; here, we only give the proof of property (2).
If , we have , i.e., . Because is the Euclidean distance measure, . According to the property of in Ye [18], ; then, and should be held at the same time. When , we have , and ( is a constant). When , we have . Then is obtained.
On the other hand, according to formulae (3) and (7), if , and are obtained, respectively; then we can get .
Thus, satisfies all the properties in Theorem 2.
3.2. Some New Similarity Measures between IVNSs
In some situations, it is difficult to provide the truthmembership degree, falsemembership degree, and indeterminatemembership degree with a precise numerical value; Wang [8] used the interval numbers to express the related membership degrees. Furthermore, Broumi et al. [22] proposed the corresponding similarity measure of IVNSs based on the similarity measure proposed by Majumdar et al. [15].
Definition 9. Let be a universal set, for any two IVNSs and [22]; the similarity measure between IVNSs and is defined as follows:
Remark 3. If , then the similarity measure is reduced to the similarity measure .
Similarly to Section 3.1, we propose a corresponding similarity measure between IVNSs, which is based on the similarity measure and the Euclidean distance defined in Definition 4.
Definition 10. Let be a universal set, for any two IVNSs and ; a new similarity measure is defined as follows:The proposed similarity measure also satisfies Theorem 3.
Theorem 3. The similarity measure satisfies the following properties:(1)(2) if and only if (3)
Proof. The proof is similar to Theorem 1; hence, we omit it here.
Next, we will use the same method to define the similarity measure between IVNS, which is based on the cosine similarity measure proposed by Ye [21] (Definition 11) and the Euclidean distance defined in formula (4).
Definition 11. Let be a universal set, for any two IVNSs and ; the cosine similarity measure is defined as follows [21]:
Example 2. For two IVNSs and , according to formula (11), we have , but . In this case, the necessary condition of (2) in Lemma 1 is not satisfied. Therefore, the cosine similarity measure proposed by Ye [22] is not a genuine similarity measure. Motivated by this, we will propose a new similarity measure based on and the Euclidean distance measure as follows:
Definition 12. Let be a universal set, for any two IVNSs and ; a new similarity measure can be defined as follows:
Remark 4. In Example 2, when , the similarity measure , this is inconsistent with the real decision problems. But, using formula (12) to calculate it again, we have . Obviously, the proposed similarity measure can rectify the existing cosine similarity measure defined by Ye [22].
Theorem 4. The similarity measure satisfies the following properties:(1)(2) if and only if (3)
Proof. The proof is similar to Theorem 2, we also omit it here.
In the next section, we will apply the proposed new similarity measures to medical diagnosis decision problem; numerical examples are also given to illustrate the application and effectiveness of the proposed new similarity measures.
4. Applications of the Proposed Similarity Measures
4.1. The Proposed Similarity Measures between SVNSs for Medical Diagnosis
We first give a numerical example about a medical diagnosis (adapted from Ye [19]) to illustrate the feasibility of the proposed new similarity measures and between SVNSs.
Example 3. Consider a medical diagnosis decision problem; suppose a set of diagnoses and a set of symptoms . Assume a patient has all the symptoms in the process of diagnosis, the SVNS evaluate information about isThe diagnosis information with respect to symptoms also can be represented by the SVNSs, which is shown in Table 1.
By applying formulae (6) and (8), we can obtain the similarity measure values and ; the results are shown in Table 2.
From the above two similarity measures and , we can conclude that the diagnoses of the patient are all malaria (). The proposed two similarity measures and produce the same results as Ye [19], which means the proposed similarity measures are feasible and effective.
 
We can calculate the similarity measures and , and then the diagnoses of the patient can be classified by . 

4.2. The Proposed Similarity Measures between IVNSs for Medical Diagnosis
We know if the doctor examines the patient two or three times a day, then the interval values of multiple inspections for the patient are obtained. In this section, we will apply the proposed similarity measures and to medical diagnosis, the example is also adapted from Ye [19].
Example 4. Let us reconsider Example 3, assume a patient has all the symptoms, which can be expressed by the following IVNS information.The same way as Example 3 in Ye [19], the diagnosis information of SVNSs with respect to symptoms are transformed into IVNSs, which are shown in Table 3.
By applying formulae (10) and (12), we obtain the similarity measure values and , the results are shown in Table 4.
From the two similarity measure values in Table 4, we can see that the patient suffers from typhoid (); the diagnosis results are the same as shown by Ye [19].
 
We can calculate the similarity measures and , and the diagnosis of the patient can be classified by . 

4.3. Comparative Analyses of Existing Similarity Measures
To illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed similarity measures for medical diagnosis, we will apply the existing similarity measures of SVNSs and IVNSs for comparative analyses.
At first, we introduce the existing similarity measures between SVNSs as follows:
Let and be two SVNSs in , the existing similarity measures between and are defined as follows:(1)Broumi et al. [23] proposed the similarity measure :(2)Şahin and Ahmet [24] proposed the similarity measure :(3)Ye [19] proposed the improved cosine similarity measures and :(4)Yang et al. [25] proposed the similarity measure :
Example 3′. We apply formulae (5), (7), and (15)–(19) to calculate Example 5 again; the similarity measure values between and are shown in Table 5.
As we can see from Table 5, the patient is still assigned to malaria (), and the results are same as the proposed similarity measures in this paper, which means the proposed similarity measures are feasible and effective.
Next, we introduce the existing similarity measures between IVNSs as follows:
Let and be two IVNSs in , the existing similarity measures between and are defined as follows:(1)Broumi et al. [23] proposed the similarity measure :(2)Şahin and Ahmet [24] proposed the similarity measure :(3)Broumi and Smarandache [22] proposed the improved cosine similarity measures and :