Basic Properties for Total Uncertainty Measures in the Theory of Evidence

  • Joaquín AbellánEmail author
  • Carlos J. Mantas
  • Éloi Bossé
Part of the Information Fusion and Data Science book series (IFDS)


The theory of evidence is a generalization of the probability theory which has been used in many applications. That generalization permits to represent more different types of uncertainty. To quantify the total information uncertainty in theory of evidence, several measures have been proposed in the last decades. From the axiomatic point of view, any uncertainty measure must verify a set of important properties to guarantee a correct behavior. Thus, a total measure in theory of evidence must preserve the total amount of information or not to decrease when uncertainty is increased. In this chapter we review and revise the properties of a total measure of uncertainty considered in the literature.


Theory of evidence Dempster-Shafer theory Uncertainty-based information Measures of uncertainty Conflict Non-specificity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joaquín Abellán
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlos J. Mantas
    • 1
  • Éloi Bossé
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Artificial IntelligenceUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.IMT-AtlantiqueBrestFrance
  3. 3.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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