Neural Computing and Applications

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 589–602 | Cite as

Solving cloud vendor selection problem using intuitionistic fuzzy decision framework

  • Raghunathan Krishankumar
  • K. Soundarapandian RavichandranEmail author
  • Sanjay K. Tyagi
Original Article


This paper presents a new decision-making framework called cloud vendor selector (CVS) for effective selection of cloud vendors by mitigating the challenge of unreasonable criteria weight assignment and improper management of uncertainty. The CVS comprises of two stages where, in the first stage, decision-makers’ intuitionistic fuzzy-valued preferences are aggregated using newly proposed extended simple Atanassov’s intuitionistic weighted geometry operator. Further, in the second stage, criteria weights are estimated by using newly proposed intuitionistic fuzzy statistical variance method and finally, ranking of cloud vendor (CV) is done using newly proposed three-way VIKOR method under intuitionistic fuzzy environment which introduces neutral category along with cost and benefit for better understanding the nature of criteria. An illustrative example of CV selection is demonstrated to show the practicality and usefulness of the proposed framework. Finally, the strength and weakness of the proposal are realized from both theoretic and numeric context by comparison with other methods.


Cloud vendor Decision making Intuitionistic fuzzy set Standard variance Three-way VIKOR 



This study was funded by University Grants Commission (UGC), India (Grant No. F./2015-17/RGNF-2015-17-TAM-83) and Department of Science and Technology (DST), India (Grant No. SR/FST/ETI-349/2013).

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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ComputingSASTRA UniversityThanjavurIndia
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUnited Arab Emirates UniversityAl Ain, Abu DhabiUAE

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