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Implementation of a fuzzy-logic-based trust model

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Date Issued:
2001
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In the last 10 years, due to the rapid developments in computers and Internet, the Electronic Commerce has advanced significantly. More and more companies have shifted their businesses activities to the Internet. However, the popular use of ecommerce has also raised serious security problems. Therefore developing security schemes has become a key issue both in the academic as well as industrial research. Since the Internet is open to the public, the associated security issue is challenging. A good security strategy should not only protect the vendors' interest, but also enhance the mutual trust between vendors and customers. As a result, the people will feel more confident in conducting e-commerce. This thesis is dedicated to develop a fuzzy-logic based trust model. In general, the ecommerce transactions need costly verification and authentication process. In some cases, it is not cost effective to verify and authenticate each transaction, especially for transactions involving only small amount of money and for customers having an excellent transaction history. In view of this, in this research a model that distinguishes potentially safe transactions from unsafe transactions is developed. Only those potentially unsafe transactions need to be verified and authenticated. The model takes a number of fuzzy variables as inputs. However, this poses problems in constructing the trust table since the number of fuzzy rules will increase exponentially as the number of fuzzy variables increase. To make the problem more trackable, the variables are divided into several groups, two for each table. Each table will produce a decision on trust. The final decision is made based on the "intersection" of all these outputs. Simulation studies have been conducted to validate the effectiveness of the proposed trust model. Therefore simulations, however, need to be tested in a real business environment using real data. Relevant limitations on the proposed model are hence discussed and future research direction is indicated.
Title: Implementation of a fuzzy-logic-based trust model.
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Name(s): Zhao, Yuanhui.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Zhuang, Hanqi, Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2001
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 88 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: In the last 10 years, due to the rapid developments in computers and Internet, the Electronic Commerce has advanced significantly. More and more companies have shifted their businesses activities to the Internet. However, the popular use of ecommerce has also raised serious security problems. Therefore developing security schemes has become a key issue both in the academic as well as industrial research. Since the Internet is open to the public, the associated security issue is challenging. A good security strategy should not only protect the vendors' interest, but also enhance the mutual trust between vendors and customers. As a result, the people will feel more confident in conducting e-commerce. This thesis is dedicated to develop a fuzzy-logic based trust model. In general, the ecommerce transactions need costly verification and authentication process. In some cases, it is not cost effective to verify and authenticate each transaction, especially for transactions involving only small amount of money and for customers having an excellent transaction history. In view of this, in this research a model that distinguishes potentially safe transactions from unsafe transactions is developed. Only those potentially unsafe transactions need to be verified and authenticated. The model takes a number of fuzzy variables as inputs. However, this poses problems in constructing the trust table since the number of fuzzy rules will increase exponentially as the number of fuzzy variables increase. To make the problem more trackable, the variables are divided into several groups, two for each table. Each table will produce a decision on trust. The final decision is made based on the "intersection" of all these outputs. Simulation studies have been conducted to validate the effectiveness of the proposed trust model. Therefore simulations, however, need to be tested in a real business environment using real data. Relevant limitations on the proposed model are hence discussed and future research direction is indicated.
Identifier: 9780493238883 (isbn), 12812 (digitool), FADT12812 (IID), fau:9687 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2001.
Subject(s): Fuzzy logic
Electronic commerce--Security measures
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