## 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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**Possible**data structure in the plane . Performance of cluster criteria . 282 283 Figure 13-4 Dendogram for hierarchical clusters . 283 Figure 13-5 Fuzzy graph . 285 Figure 13-6 Dendogram for X LIST OF FIGURES. Page xvi

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**possible**for an uninitiated reader to obtain a clear view of the theory and learn about its applications in a wide variety of fields . The writing of this book was a difficult undertaking . Professor Zimmermann deserves to be ... Page xviii

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**possible**. Ms. Grefen typed the manuscript several times without losing her patience . I am also indebted to Kluwer Academic Publishers for making the publication of this book**possible**. H.-J. Zimmermann Since this book was first ... Page xx

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**possible**, without delving into very theoretical areas or presenting any mathematical proofs which do not contribute to a better understanding . It rather offers numerical examples wherever**possible**. I would like to thank very much Mr ... Page 7

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**possible**to either store all relevant data , or to present masses of data to a human observer in such a way , that he or she can perceive the information contained in these data . Fuzzy technology has been used to reduce the complexity ...### 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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