A Novel Integration of IF-DEMATEL and TOPSIS for the Classifier Selection Problem in Assistive Technology Adoption for People with Dementia

Miguel Ortiz-Barrios, Matias Garcia-Constantino, CD Nugent, Isaac Alfaro-Sarmiento

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Abstract

The classifier selection problem in Assistive Technology Adoption refers to selecting the classification algorithms that have the best performance in predicting the adoption of technology, and is often addressed through measuring different single performance indicators. Satisfactory classifier selection can help in reducing time and costs involved in the technology adoption process. As there are multiple criteria from different domains and several candidate classification algorithms, the classifier selection process is now a problem that can be addressed using Multiple-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) methods. This paper proposes a novel approach to address the classifier selection problem by integrating Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets (IFS), Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL), and the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS). The step-by-step procedure behind this application is as follows. First, IF-DEMATEL was used for estimating the criteria and sub-criteria weights considering uncertainty. This method was also employed to evaluate the interrelations among classifier selection criteria. Finally, a modified TOPSIS was applied to generate an overall suitability index per classifier so that the most effective ones can be selected. The proposed approach was validated using a real-world case study concerning the adoption of a mobile-based reminding solution by People with Dementia (PwD). The outputs allow public health managers to accurately identify whether PwD can adopt an assistive technology which results in (i) reduced cost overruns due to wrong classification, (ii) improved quality of life of adopters, and (iii) rapid deployment of intervention alternatives for non-adopters.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1133
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2022

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research has received funding under the REMIND project Marie Sklodowska-Curie EU Framework for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under Grant Agreement No. 734355. Invest Northern Ireland is also acknowledged for supporting this project under the Competence Centre Programs Grant RD0513853 - Connected Health Innovation Centre.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Keywords

  • Technology Adoption
  • Classifier
  • Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets (IFS)
  • Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL)
  • Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS)
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)
  • People with Dementia (PwD)
  • Public Health
  • Technology adoption
  • Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM)
  • Public health

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