Trust and Independence Aware Decision Fusion in Distributed Networks
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIRECTORATE
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In distributed network environments, decisions must often be made based on incomplete or uncertain evidence whose sources may be dependent. Properly fusing potentially unreliable and dependent information from multiple sources is critical to effective decision making. Transferable Belief Model TBM, an extension of Dempster-Shafer Theory DST, is a well known information fusion framework to combine multiple evidence in order to derive a unified belief where conflicting evidence exists. However, neither DST nor TBM deals with misbehaving data sources and dependence of fusion data, which are often observed in dynamic multi-hop network environments. In this work, we propose a decision fusion framework that considers multi-dimensional trust and independence of information using a provenance technique, to enhance the reliability of fusion. We consider three information trust dimensions correctness completeness, and timeliness. Our simulation results show that the proposed framework yields a higher correct decision ratio compared with the baseline non-trust or non-independence counterparts.
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