Fuzzy optimization to improve mobile health and wellness recommendation systems

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Mezei Jozsef, Nikou Shahrokh
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Knowledge-Based Systems
Journal acronym: KNOSYS
Volume number: 142
Start page: 108
End page: 116
eISSN: 0950-7051


In this article, we focus on mobile wellness and health-related applications from the perspective of the level of imprecision present in the data used in the recommendation systems. We propose a general fuzzy optimization model based on chanced constrained optimization to design recommendation systems that can take into consideration (i) the imprecision in the data and (ii) the imprecision by which one can estimate the effect of a recommendation on the user of the system. Our proposal is one of the first to use fuzzy optimization models in health-related decision making problems and the first to define a chance constrained optimization problem for interval-valued fuzzy numbers. The proposed approach identifies a set of actions to be taken by the users in order to optimize general health-related and/or wellness condition of the user from various perspectives. The model is illustrated through the example of walking speed optimization, with an additional numerical experiment offering a comparison with traditional methods.


Chance Constrained Programming, Fuzzy Optimisation, Linguistic Variables, Mobile Health an Wellness Applications


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