## 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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**Programming**and Fril 169 9.5.1 Introduction 169 9.5.2 Fril Rules 170 9.5.3 Inference Methods in Fril 172 9.5.4 Fril Inference for a Single Rule 175 9.5.5 Multiple Rule Case 176 9.5.6 Interval and Point Semantic Unification 177 9.5.7 9.5 ... Page viii

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**Programming**336 14.2.1 Symmetric Fuzzy LP 337 14.2.2 Fuzzy LP with Crisp Objective Function 342 14.3 Fuzzy Dynamic**Programming**348 14.3.1 Fuzzy Dynamic**Programming**with Crisp State Transformation Function 349 14.4 Fuzzy Multicriteria ... Page xi

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**programming**model . 349 Figure 14-7 The vector - maximum problem . 355 Figure 14-8 Fuzzy LP with min - operator . 357 Figure 14-9 Fuzzy sets representing weights and ratings . 366 Figure 14-10 Final ratings of alternatives . 368 Figure ... Page xvi

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**programming**and multicriterion decision making in a fuzzy environment . His treatment of these topics is comprehensive , up - to - date , and illuminating . In sum , Professor Zimmermann's treatise is a major contribution to the liter ...Page 139

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### Contents

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Extensions | 22 |

4 | 44 |

The Extension Principle and Applications | 54 |

Fuzzy Relations on Sets and Fuzzy Sets | 71 |

3 | 82 |

7 | 88 |

Applications of Fuzzy Set Theory | 139 |

3 | 154 |

4 | 160 |

5 | 169 |

Fuzzy Sets and Expert Systems | 185 |

Fuzzy Control | 223 |

Fuzzy Data Bases and Queries | 265 |

Decision Making in Fuzzy Environments | 329 |

3 | 95 |

4 | 105 |

2 | 122 |

4 | 131 |

Applications of Fuzzy Sets in Engineering and Management | 371 |

Empirical Research in Fuzzy Set Theory | 443 |

Future Perspectives | 477 |

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