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On the Dempster-Shafer evidence theory and non-hierarchical aggregation of belief structures

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Bhattacharya, P. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., Nebraska Univ., Lincoln, NE, USA

The Dempster's rule of combination is a widely used technique to integrate evidence collected from different sources. In this paper, it is shown that the values of certain functions defined on a family of belief structures decrease (by scale factors depending on the degree of conflict) when the belief structures are combined according to the Dempster's rule. Similar results also hold when an arbitrary belief structure is prioritized while computing the combination. Furthermore, the length of the belief-plausibility interval is decreased during a nonhierarchical aggregation of belief structures. Several types of inheritance networks are also proposed each of which allows considerable flexibility in the choice of prioritization

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 5 )