Taking into account that interval-valued fuzzy numbers can provide more flexibility to represent the imprecise information and interval-valued trapezoidal fuzzy numbers are widely used in practice, this paper devotes to seek an approximation operator that produces an interval-valued trapezoidal fuzzy number which is the nearest one to the given interval-valued fuzzy number, and the approximation operator preserves the core of the original interval-valued fuzzy number with respect to the weighted distance. As an application, we use the interval-valued trapezoidal approximation to handle fuzzy risk analysis problems, which overcome the drawback of existing fuzzy risk analysis methods.
"The Interval-Valued Trapezoidal Approximation of Interval-Valued Fuzzy Numbers and Its Application in Fuzzy Risk Analysis." J. Appl. Math. 2014 1 - 22, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/254853