## 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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**instance**, 25 such books were published in 1993 and 1994. English textbooks , however , are still very much lacking . Therefore , I appreciate very much that Kluwer Academic Publishers has agreed to publish a third edition of this book ... Page 1

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**instance**, a statement can be true or false — and nothing in between . In set theory , an element can either belong to a set or not ; and in optimization , a solution is either feasible or not . Precision assumes that the parameters of ... Page 3

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**instance**, Blockley 1980 ] , medicine [ see Vila and Delgado 1983 ] , meteorol- ogy [ Cao and Chen 1983 ] , manufacturing [ Mamdani 1981 ] , and others . It is particularly frequent , however , in all areas in which human judgment ... Page 8

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**instance**, showed in the context of water flow modeling that it can be much more efficient to use fuzzy rule based systems to solve the problems than systems of differential equations . Comparing the results achieved by these two ... Page 11

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**instance**, by stating conditions for membership ( A = { xlx ≤ 5 } ) ; or define the member elements by using the characteristic function , in which 1 indicates mem- bership and 0 nonmembership . For a fuzzy set , the characteristic ...### Contents

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The Extension Principle and Applications | 54 |

Fuzzy Relations on Sets and Fuzzy Sets | 71 |

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Applications of Fuzzy Set Theory | 139 |

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Fuzzy Sets and Expert Systems | 185 |

Fuzzy Control | 223 |

Fuzzy Data Bases and Queries | 265 |

Decision Making in Fuzzy Environments | 329 |

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Applications of Fuzzy Sets in Engineering and Management | 371 |

Empirical Research in Fuzzy Set Theory | 443 |

Future Perspectives | 477 |

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