A fuzzy neural network approach for contractor prequalification

K. C. Lam*, Tiesong Hu, S. Thomas Ng, M. Skitmore, S. O. Cheoung

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Non-linearity, uncertainty and subjectivity are the three predominant characteristics of contractors prequalification which lead to the process being more of an art than a scientific evaluation. A fuzzy neural network (FNN) model, amalgamating both the fuzzy set and neural network theories, has been developed aiming to improve the objectiveness of contractor prequalification. Through FNN theory, the fuzzy rules as used by the prequalifiers can be identified and the corresponding membership functions can be transformed. Eighty-five cases with detailed decision criteria and rules for prequalifying Hong Kong civil engineering contractors were collected. These cases were used for training (calibrating) and testing the FNN model. The performance of the FNN model was compared with the original results produced by the prequalifiers and those generated by the general feedforward neural network (GFNN, i.e. a crisp neural network) approach. Contractors' ranking orders, the model efficiency (R2) and the mean absolute percentage error (MAPE) were examined during the testing phase. These results indicate the applicability of the neural network approach for contractor prequalification and the benefits of the FNN model over the GFNN model. The fuzzy neural network is a practical approach for modelling contractor prequalification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-188
Number of pages14
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes


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