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Scientific Programming
Volume 2016, Article ID 6158208, 8 pages
Research Article

The Intelligence of Octagonal Fuzzy Number to Determine the Fuzzy Critical Path: A New Ranking Method

Department of Mathematics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046, India

Received 8 December 2015; Accepted 23 February 2016

Academic Editor: Piotr Luszczek

Copyright © 2016 S. Narayanamoorthy and S. Maheswari. 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.


This research paper proposes a modified ranking approach to determine the critical path in fuzzy project network, where the duration of each activity time is represented by an octagonal fuzzy number. In this method, a modified subtraction formula is carried out on fuzzy numbers. This modified method works well on fuzzy backward pass calculations as there will be no negative time. The analysis is expected to show that the fuzzy number which is used in this paper is more effective in determining the critical path in a fuzzy project network and possibility of meeting the project time. A numerical example is given and compared with trapezoidal, triangular fuzzy numbers through proposed ranking method.