Vol.124, No.3, 2020, pp.985-1000, doi:10.32604/cmes.2020.09006
Subinterval Decomposition-Based Interval Importance Analysis Method
  • Wenxuan Wang*, Xiaoyi Wang
School of Mechatronic Engineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou, 730070, China
* Corresponding Author: Wenxuan Wang. Email:
(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Novel Methods for Reliability Evaluation and Optimization of Complex Mechanical Structures)
Received 01 November 2019; Accepted 29 May 2020; Issue published 21 August 2020
The importance analysis method represents a powerful tool for quantifying the impact of input uncertainty on the output uncertainty. When an input variable is described by a specific interval rather than a certain probability distribution, the interval importance measure of input interval variable can be calculated by the traditional non-probabilistic importance analysis methods. Generally, the non-probabilistic importance analysis methods involve the Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) and the optimization-based methods, which both have high computational cost. In order to overcome this problem, this study proposes an interval important analytical method avoids the time-consuming optimization process. First, the original performance function is decomposed into a combination of a series of one-dimensional subsystems. Next, the interval of each variable is divided into several subintervals, and the response value of each one-dimensional subsystem at a specific input point is calculated. Then, the obtained responses are taken as specific values of the new input variable, and the interval importance is calculated by the approximated performance function. Compared with the traditional non-probabilistic importance analysis method, the proposed method signifi- cantly reduces the computational cost caused by the MCS and optimization process. In the proposed method, the number of function evaluations is equal to one plus the sum of the subintervals of all of the variables. The efficiency and accuracy of the proposed method are verified by five examples. The results show that the proposed method is not only efficient but also accurate.
Importance analysis method; interval variable; subinterval decomposition; performance function; MCS
Cite This Article
Wang, W., Wang, X. (2020). Subinterval Decomposition-Based Interval Importance Analysis Method. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 124(3), 985–1000.
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