## 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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**suggested**by Zadeh in 1965 [ Zadeh 1965 , p . 310 ] . They constitute a consistent framework for the theory of fuzzy sets . They are , however , not the only possible way to extend classical set theory consistently . Zadeh and other ... Page 24

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**suggested**the notion of a fuzzy set whose membership function itself is a fuzzy set . If we call fuzzy sets , such as those considered so far , type 1 fuzzy sets , then a type 2 fuzzy set can be defined as follows . Definition 3-1 A ... Page 29

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**suggested**. These suggestions vary with respect to the generality or adaptibility of the operators as well as to the degree to which and how they are justified . Justification ranges from intuitive argumentation to empirical or ... Page 30

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**suggested**. Corresponding to the class of intersection operators , a general class of aggre- gation operators for the union of fuzzy sets called triangular conorms or t- conorms ( sometimes referred to as s - norms ) is defined ... Page 32

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**suggested**parameterized families of t - norms and t - conorms , often main- taining the associativity property . For illustration purposes , we review some interesting parameterized operators . Some of these operators and their ...### 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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