Discounted possibilistic cash flows versus probabilistic cash flows

Kahraman C., Ruan D., Tolga E.

4th International FLINS Conference on Intelligent Techniques and Soft Computing in Nuclear Science and Engineering, BRUGGE, Belgium, 28 - 30 August 2000, pp.214-223 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1142/9789812792631_0026
  • City: BRUGGE
  • Country: Belgium
  • Page Numbers: pp.214-223
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Risk analysis involves the development of the probability distribution for the measure of effectiveness. The risk associated with an investment alternative is generally either given as the possibility of an unfavorable value of the measure of effectiveness or measured by the variance of the measure of effectiveness. In an uncertain economic decision environment, an expert's knowledge about discounting cash flows consists of a lot of vagueness instead of randomness. Cash amounts and interest rates are usually estimated by using educated guesses based on expected values or other statistical techniques to obtain them. Fuzzy numbers can capture the difficulties in estimating these parameters. In this paper, the formulas for the analyses of fuzzy present value, fuzzy equivalent uniform annual value, fuzzy future value, fuzzy benefit-cost ratio, and fuzzy payback period are developed. In addition, continuous compounding, geometric and trigonometric cash flows are also examined.