## Fuzzy Set Theory—and Its ApplicationsSince its inception, the theory of fuzzy sets has advanced in a variety of ways and in many disciplines. Applications of fuzzy technology can be found in artificial intelligence, computer science, control engineering, decision theory, expert systems, logic, management science, operations research, robotics, and others. Theoretical advances have been made in many directions. The primary goal of Fuzzy Set Theory - and its Applications, Fourth Edition is to provide a textbook for courses in fuzzy set theory, and a book that can be used as an introduction. To balance the character of a textbook with the dynamic nature of this research, many useful references have been added to develop a deeper understanding for the interested reader. Fuzzy Set Theory - and its Applications, Fourth Edition updates the research agenda with chapters on possibility theory, fuzzy logic and approximate reasoning, expert systems, fuzzy control, fuzzy data analysis, decision making and fuzzy set models in operations research. Chapters have been updated and extended exercises are included. |

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The meaning of a word might even be well

The meaning of a word might even be well

**defined**, but when using the word as a label for a set, the boundaries within which objects do or do not belong to the set become fuzzy or vague. Examples are words such as “birds” (how about ... Page 6

problems in which the source of imprecision is the absence of sharply

problems in which the source of imprecision is the absence of sharply

**defined**criteria of class membership rather than the presence of random variables.” “Imprecision” here is meant in the sense of vagueness rather than the lack of ... Page 11

2.1 Basic Definitions A classical (crisp) set is normally

2.1 Basic Definitions A classical (crisp) set is normally

**defined**as a collection of elements or objects x e X that can be finite, countable, or overcountable. Each single element can either belong to or not belong to a set A, ... Page 14

**Definition**2–2 The support of a fuzzy set A, S(A|}, is the crisp set of all x e X such that pla(x) > 0. Example 2–2 Let us consider example 2–1a again: The support of S(Å) = {1,2,3,4,5,6}. The elements (types of houses) {7, 8, 9, ... Page 16

**Definition**2–5 For a finite fuzzy set A, the cardinality Al is**defined**as |A|=Xua(x) xeX in-Al - . . . . ~ 7 |A|= I, is called the relative cardinality of A. Obviously, the relative cardinality of a fuzzy set depends on the cardinality ...### What people are saying - Write a review

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Criteria for Selecting Appropriate Aggregation Operators | 43 |

The Extension Principle and Applications | 54 |

Special Extended Operations | 61 |

Applicationoriented Modeling of Uncertainty | 111 |

Linguistic Variables | 140 |

Fuzzy Data Bases and Queries | 265 |

Decision Making in Fuzzy Environments | 329 |

Applications of Fuzzy Sets in Engineering and Management | 371 |

Empirical Research in Fuzzy Set Theory | 443 |

Future Perspectives | 477 |

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