Can Evidence Be Combined in the Dempster-Shafer Theory
Dempster's rule of combination has been the most controversial part of the Dempster-Shafer (D-S) theory. In particular, Zadeh has reached a conjecture on the noncombinability of evidence from a relational model of the D-S theory. In this paper, we will describe another relational model where D-S masses are represented as conditional granular distributions. By comparing it with Zadeh's relational model, we will show how Zadeh's conjecture on combinability does not affect the applicability of Dempster's rule in our model.
Keywords: Dempster-Shafer, Zadeh's relational model
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AUTHOR = "John Yen
TITLE = "Can Evidence Be Combined in the Dempster-Shafer Theory",
BOOKTITLE = "Proceedings of the Third Conference Annual Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI-87)",
PUBLISHER = "AUAI Press",
ADDRESS = "Corvallis, Oregon",
YEAR = "1987",
PAGES = "70--76"