JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT & FUZZY SYSTEMS, vol.42, no.6, pp.5361-5373, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)
Defectiveness of items is generally considered as a certain value in acceptance sampling plans (ASPs). It is clear that, it may not be certainly known in some real-case problems. Uncertainties of the inspection process such as measurement errors, inspectors' hesitancies or vagueness of the process etc. should be taken into account to obtain more reliable results. The fuzzy set theory (FST) is one of the best methods to overcome these problems. There are some studies in the literature formulating the ASPs with the help of FST. Deciding the right membership functions of the fuzzy sets (FSs) has a vital importance on the quality of the uncertainty modeling. Additionally, the fuzzy set extensions have been offered to model more complicated uncertainties to achieve better modeling. As one of these extensions, type-2 fuzzy sets (T2FSs) gives an ability to model uncertainty in situations where it is not possible to determine exact membership function parameters. In this study, single and double ASPs based on interval T2FSs (IT2FSs) have been designed for binomial and Poisson distributions. Thus, it becomes possible to make more flexible, sensitive and descriptive sensitivity analyzes. The main characteristic functions of ASPs have been derived and the suggested formulations have been illustrated on a comparative application from manufacturing process. Results allowing for more comprehensive analysis as against to the traditional and T1FSs based plans have been obtained.