An improved fuzzy C-means algorithm for manufacturing cell formation

Jie Li, Chao Hsien Chu, Yunfeng Wang, Weili Yan

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This paper presents an improved fuzzy C-means algorithm to solve the manufacturing cell formation problems. The proposed algorithm, which integrates the subtractive algorithm (to produce an initial solution), the fuzzy C-means (FCM) algorithm and a solution selecting procedure (to identify the best solution), remedies the major weaknesses of original FCM clustering. We test the performance of the proposed algorithm with 20 data sets from open literature and 60 generated data sets. Our experiments show that the proposed approach performs much better than the original FCM and the solutions are consistent with the best solutions found in references or the control solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1505-1510
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems: FUZZ-IEEE'02 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: May 12 2002May 17 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Mathematics


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