Similarity Coefficient Measures Applied to Assessment the Cell Formation Problem: a Comparative Investigation

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Similarity coefficient (SC) measures are used to evaluate cellular manufacturing system. Those measures have variation in the accuracy. The researchers Yin and Yasuda had conducted comparative study to compare the accuracy of the measures in cell formation phase. The results showed minor differences among the majority, while few measures are less accurate. However, the researchers Basher and Karaa have tried one of the measures (Jaccard) in different phase - feasibility assessment. In this paper, Basher approach has been repeated with other nineteen General Purpose Similarity Coefficients (GPSCs) measures in order to prove that any of the measures evaluated by Yin and Yasuda in cell formation can be utilized in feasibility assessment. The results have revealed that more than 80% of the measures are capable to be used in feasibility assessment.
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Cellular Manufacturing; Feasibility Assessment; Cell Formation; General Purpose Similarity Coefficient

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