International Journal of Management and Fuzzy Systems
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2016, Pages: 1-5

Attitudinal Character Involved Educational Evaluation Models Under Different OWA Aggregation Operators

Cheng Zhu

School of Mathematical Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

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Cheng Zhu. Attitudinal Character Involved Educational Evaluation Models Under Different OWA Aggregation Operators. International Journal of Management and Fuzzy Systems. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2016, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.ijmfs.20160201.11

Received: April 4, 2016; Accepted: May 10, 2016; Published:June 3, 2016

Abstract: OWA operators, introduced by Yager, are very important non linear aggregation functions in both academic studies and a myriad of applications. In this study, we use two dimensional OWA aggregation function into pedagogical evaluation practice, which will involve the preferences and experiences of decision makers and teachers. In addition, we also introduce a long time educational evaluation model based on Stancu OWA operators with two same parameters. The model involves time orness degree given by teachers and is useful for monitoring long time teaching and learning process in schools.

Keywords: Aggregation Functions, Orness, OWA Operators, Pedagogical Evaluation

1. Introduction

Pedagogical evaluation methods in educational application are very crucial for the daily works of schools and educational organizations. There are a large variety of models to help educators, teachers and school practitioners judge the current situations of students’ learning status. Effective, fair and timely evaluation results can also help students both find their shortcomings in study and incentive them to get more studying motivations. In detail, many evaluation models are based on different aggregation functions [2, 5–6, 11, 13, 20] in certain backgrounds. In practice, the evaluation process involves a large amount of subjective preferences of teachers, and thereby we always need some suitable models that can express the preferences and teaching experiences of first-line teachers. A well-developed model can not only present the true performance of students, but also indicate or predict the possible performance of them in the future. However, simple and single evaluation functions have their inherent limitations. In practice we often need some much comprehensive models to improve those single models. In addition, the preferences of teachers (often showing their precious teaching experiences) should also be remembered to add in.

The subjective preferences of decision maker generally are between two extreme cases, i.e., between absolutely optimistic and absolutely pessimistic, in which fuzzy models are often more suitable than traditional dichotomy. Therefore, we can use a variable over real compact unit interval [0, 1] to model the variation of those preferences. However, many preferences are given by teachers with some Ordered Weighted Averaging (OWA) weights [16, 18]. For example, the preference of a teacher to weight the 4 performances of a student is often represented by an OWA weight based evaluation function: let  be the weights provided by the teacher, and let  be the performance vector of a student over 4 tests and they are ordered from the highest to the lowest, and the weighted arithmetic mean  shows that the teacher is slightly strict or pessimistic, because (s)he puts more weights on the lower performances.

The well-known Ordered Weighted Averaging (OWA) operator [16, 18] is a very important and widely used method. During over twenty years, the OWA operator has been well used and developed in a large variety of theoretical areas and real applications [1, 3–4, 7–10, 12, 14–19]. By using a measurement called orness/andness [16, 18] (or attitudinal character), OWA operators can effectively model the decision-making preferences from absolutely optimistic (corresponding to orness 1) to absolutely pessimistic (corresponding to orness 0). Generally, an OWA operator is a weighting vector , which could be used to aggregate an input vector (ordered in magnitude, i.e., ) and then we can get the aggregation result .

If the teacher wishes to evaluate the comprehensive performance of a group of students, we need a more general frame to still involve the teacher’s preferences into the model. In this situation, however, we need to consider two times of the teacher’s performance: one is for single student’s performances on different tests; the other is for the evaluation preference for different students. In this study, we will develop a reasonable and effective model to model this dual preferences frame and later we will add an additional dimension over time variable; and we will still use the OWA weights and orness, but in time environment the terminologies will be correspondingly called time OWA and t-orness [3] as later we will discuss. And in this study we will introduce some well-known special OWA weights into educational practices and show their reasonability in our tridimensional evaluation model.

The remainder of this study is organized as follows: Section 2 discusses the aggregation method for several students’ performances and several subjects using two dimensional OWA operators; the detailed processes of this method including five major steps are also presented. Section 3 proposes the time dimension for long time evaluation model using Time Induced OWA model. Section 4 summarizes the main result of this study.

2. Two Dimensional OWA Weights with Given Preference Pair in Educational Evaluation

Mathematically, OWA operators are nothing but the Choquet integrals [2] with symmetric capacity. However, as we will see, the recursive OWA operators [15] and Time Induced OWA operators [17] are not convenient to be seen as Choquet integrals.

Definition 1. [16] An OWA operator of dimension n is a mapping , which has an associated weighting vector  satisfying the following properties

and such that


where  is a permutation such that  whenever .

Definition 2. [16] The degree of "orness" associated with this operator is defined as


The measure of "andness" associated with an OWA operator is the complement of its "orness", and is defined as


Proposition 1. [16] The max, min and average operator correspond to ,  and , respectively, and ,  and .

Remark In this paper, the max can represent the oldest data/input/score and conversely the min can represent the most recent one.

The next proposition shows one particular reverse property related to the orness degree of two OWA operators that are reverse of each other.

Proposition 2. [16] (Reverse Property) For any OWA weighting vector ,

, then for the reverse of w: , .

In educational evaluation practice, suppose for one comprehensive test of several subjects  , student   obtains p performances (represented as a vector) for different subjects: . Thus, we can form a  performance matrix ; and each row of S,  represents score/performance vector of student , while each column of S,  represents the performances of all the students for only one certain subject . If the teacher’s attitude between different subjects is  and his preference for all students is , then we given select two OWA operators  and  with orness  and , respectively, for him. In this study, the selection for  and  is arbitrary.

Therefore, we can firstly aggregate  under the same OWA weighting vector , i.e., ; and then aggregate score vectors for different students  with OWA weighting vector , i.e., .

For example, suppose we have the performance matrix with :


And the teacher’s two attitudinal characters for subjects and students are  and , respectively. We can select two monotonic OWA weighting vectors  and , with orness values  and . Note that these two attitudes in practice may represent the teacher is slightly optimistic or with some confidence.

Consequently, we compute to obtain:




Thus, , and we have


As a comprehensive result, we obtain score 8.62 as the evaluated performance of those three students with four different subjects. By comparison to tradition weighted arithmetical mean, this result involves useful preferences and experiences of first line teachers. Therefore, a much more comprehensive evaluation for a collection (say, for all students of a class) is obtained.

The detailed process including 5 major steps of this method is as follows.

The detailed process of Two dimensional OWA evaluation:

Step 1: Determine the  performance matrix  of objects being evaluated. Each row of S,  represents score/performance vector of student , while each column of S,  represents the performances of all the students for only one certain subject .

Step 2: Determine preference degree (orness)  with respect to different subjects and an OWA vector  such that .

Step 3: Determine preference degree (orness)  with respect to different students and an OWA vector  such that .

Step 4: Aggregate  under the same OWA weighting vector  to obtain  ().

Step 5: Aggregate score vectors for different students  with OWA weighting vector  to obtain . Then,  is the final comprehensive evaluation result.

3. Comprehensive Time Induce OWA Merge for Long Time Evaluation

The Time Induced OWA (IOWA) operator was proposed by Yager in [17]. The IOWA operator is used to aggregate pairs of the form (). Within these pairs,is called the order-inducing value/variable and  is called the argument value/variable [3]. Note that s are the elements that need to be aggregated, rather thans.

Therefore, for n pairs of the form (), an Time IOWA operator of dimension n is a mapping , which also has an associated weighting vector  satisfying the following properties

such that


where  is simply the reordered form of , which corresponds to the linear ordering relation "" in the linearly ordered set (or chain):.

For example (see [3]), suppose, , , ,  represent years, the time-ordered arguments vector to be aggregated is not , but . In time series, the newly arrived argument is always , which means that we only need to add  to the rightmost side of the original time-ordered arguments vector  to obtain the new time-ordered arguments vector .

Suppose every month we have a comprehensive test with several subjects for students, using the methods aforementioned in Section 2, we can obtain the evaluation result for a certain month, say,  . If we use the similar method for different k, and with the different selection for  and , we can compute the scores for every month as  . In addition, this process can be endless; that is, we can use a similar way to well-known exponential smooth weights for every month. Therefore, we can timely know the current learning and teaching status in each organization unit in school. In this sense, we need a recursive model like exponential smooth method. In this study, we will use the recursive OWA weights [15] to aggregate the performances of each month.

Based on Stancu Polynomials, Singh et al. proposed theStancu OWA operators[12]. For an OWA operator of dimension i,  (i = 1, 2, …), if its weights satisfy the condition (an empty product denotes 1)


with ,  being two parameters, then it is called a Stancu OWA operator.

Proposition 3. [4] Left Recursive OWA operators is a particular case of Stancu OWA operators with two equal parameters, i.e., .

We also need to review some newly finding results [5].

Proposition 4. For any Recursive OWA operator (explicit form)  (n = 2, 3, …) with constant orness

, i = 2, 3, … , n

Proposition 5. For any two families of Recursive OWA operators with the same dimension:  and  (n = 2, 3, …), such that  and . If , then  (i = 2, 3, …, n).

Proposition 6. For any Recursive OWA operator (explicit form)  (n = 2, 3, …) with the constant orness ,

if  then , i = 2, 3, …, n

if  then , i = 2, 3, …, n

For Recursive OWA operator, when a new argument  (represent the comprehensive score in month n+1), arrives at the rightmost of the original arguments vector  to form:


if we wish to keep the time orness unchanged (time andness  also unchaged), we can use the following formula [20] to obtain the new aggregation result:

Let                 (4)

then  has the same underlying time orness (or time andness ). In other words, it can be shown that the implicit OWA operator obtained repeatedly by this formula has the property:  for any n = 2, 3, …, and  needs not to be explicitly expressed.

If one needs to continue the evaluation problem for the next month, and by using (4), we can use the recursive method to evaluate each month’s comprehensive performance of all students based on the historical performance and the new one – this process is very similar to the exponential smooth process. However, the traditional ES model can not involve the time attitude of teachers/decision-makers.

For example, suppose the teacher’s time attitude degree (time andness) is 3/4, and suppose  being the two scores of the first month and the second month, then , and we have . A new month passed, and a new score arrives at the rightmost of  to form , and we wish to keep the time andness degree 3/4 unchanged for , then we can create  by the following recursive way:

and then

if the comprehensive score of Month4 is , then . And we can find that the underlying "explicit" I-OWA operator  with time orness 1/4 (time andness 3/4).

With this similar recursive process, we can very conveniently provide the comprehensive scores of those students at every time nodes. Therefore, we can real time monitor the learning and teaching performance of every month node, while keep the involved time attitude unchanged.

4. Conclusions

In this study, we introduced the two dimensional OWA aggregation function into pedagogical evaluation practice. With the proposed models, we can obtain a comprehensive performance for and  score matrix. The model can involve the experiences and preferences of first line teachers and thereby more useful and reaonsable. Furthermore, we also considered a long time educational evaluation model which uses Stancu OWA operators and therefore quite convenient and reasonable. The model involving time attitude of teacher also can monitor the long time teaching and learning status in teaching organizations and schools.


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