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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5620803, 11 pages
Research Article

Hesitant Cloud Model and Its Application in the Risk Assessment of “The Twenty-First Century Maritime Silk Road”

1PLA University of Science and Technology, Meteorological and Oceanographic Institution, Nanjing 211101, China
2Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast Meteorological Disaster Warning and Assessment, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
3Chengdu Military Area Command, Surveying and Mapping Information Center, Chengdu 610000, China

Received 9 November 2015; Accepted 8 March 2016

Academic Editor: Laura Gardini

Copyright © 2016 Lizhi Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The evaluation of human environment risk is lacking quantitative data, while the qualitative knowledge cannot be easily quantified and synthesized. Furthermore, sometimes the experts are not well acknowledged with the whole indicator system or cannot reach an agreement on the comments. The conventional evaluation methods are not competent to solve the above aporia effectively. Thus the quantization of the human environment risk becomes a conundrum. The compatibility cloud model theory can set up a conversion model between the qualitative knowledge and quantitative value, which provides technique approaches to evaluating the risk of human environment. However, the hesitant opinion of experts stemming from the missing knowledge of the whole system or the branching opinions cannot be well solved by the traditional compatibility cloud model theory. Therefore, this paper brings in the theory of hesitant fuzzy set, combining with the cloud model theory, to try to construct a hesitant cloud model to achieve the quantitative assessment of human environment risk. And at last an experiment evaluation on the risk of maritime silk road is carried out.