Fuzzy set

Fuzzy set

Fuzzy sets are sets whose elements have degrees of membership. Fuzzy sets have been introduced by Lotfi A. Zadeh (1965) as an extension of the classical notion of set. [# L.A. Zadeh (1965) Fuzzy sets. Information and Control 8 (3) 338--353<] In classical set theory, the membership of elements in a set is assessed in binary terms according to a bivalent condition &mdash; an element either belongs or does not belong to the set. By contrast, fuzzy set theory permits the gradual assessment of the membership of elements in a set; this is described with the aid of a membership function valued in the real unit interval [0, 1] . Fuzzy sets generalize classical sets, since the indicator functions of classical sets are special cases of the membership functions of fuzzy sets, if the latter only take values 0 or 1. [D. Dubois and H. Prade (1988) Fuzzy Sets and Systems. Academic Press, New York.]


A fuzzy set is a pair (A, m) where A is a set and m : A ightarrow [0,1] .

For each xin A, m(x) is the grade of membership of x. xin (A, m)iff xin Awedge m(x) eq 0. If A={x_1,...,x_n} the fuzzy set (A, m) can be denoted {m(z_1)/z_1,...,m(z_n)/z_n}.

An element mapping to the value 0 means that the member is not included in the fuzzy set, 1 describes a fully included member. Values strictly between 0 and 1 characterize the fuzzy members. [AAAI http://www.aaai.org/aitopics/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/AITopics/FuzzyLogic]

Sometimes, a more general definition is used, where membership functions take values in an arbitrary fixed algebra or structure L; usually it is required that L be at least a poset or lattice. The usual membership functions with values in [0, 1] are then called [0, 1] -valued membership functions. This generalization was first considered in 1967 by Joseph Goguen, who was a student of Zadeh. [Goguen, Joseph A., 1967, "L"-fuzzy sets". "Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications" 18: 145–174]

Fuzzy logic

As an extension of the case of multi-valued logic, valuations (mu : mathit{V}_o o mathit{W}) of propositional variables (mathit{V}_o) into a set of membership degrees (mathit{W}) can be thought of as membership functions mapping predicates into fuzzy sets (or more formally, into an ordered set of fuzzy pairs, called a fuzzy relation). With these valuations, many-valued logic can be extended to allow for fuzzy premises from which graded conclusions may be drawn. [Gottwald, Siegfried, 2001. "A Treatise on Many-Valued Logics". Baldock, Hertfordshire, England: Research Studies Press Ltd., ISBN 978-0863802621
* Zadeh, Lotfi A.

This extension is sometimes called "fuzzy logic in the narrow sense" as opposed to "fuzzy logic in the wider sense," which originated in the engineering fields of automated control and knowledge engineering, and which encompasses many topics involving fuzzy sets and "approximated reasoning." ["The concept of a linguistic variable and its application to approximate reasoning," "Information Sciences" 8: 199–249, 301–357; 9: 43–80.]

Industrial applications of fuzzy sets in the context of "fuzzy logic in the wider sense" can be found at fuzzy logic.

Fuzzy number

A fuzzy number is a convex, normalized fuzzy set ilde{mathit{Asubseteqmathbb{R}whose membership function is at least segmentally continuous and has the functional value mu_{A}(x)=1 at precisely one element.This can be likened to the funfair game "guess your weight," where someone guesses the contestant's weight, with closer guesses being more correct, and where the guesser "wins" if he or she guesses near enough to the contestant's weight, with the actual weight being completely correct (mapping to 1 by the membership function).

Fuzzy interval

A fuzzy interval is an uncertain set ilde{mathit{Asubseteqmathbb{R} with a mean interval whose elements possess the membership function value mu_{A}(x)=1. As in fuzzy numbers, the membership function must be convex, normalized, at least segmentally continuous. ["Fuzzy sets as a basis for a theory of possibility," "Fuzzy Sets and Systems" 1: 3&ndash;28]

ee also

* Fuzzy measure theory
* Alternative set theory
* Linear partial information
* Defuzzification
* Fuzzy set operations
* Neuro-fuzzy
* Rough set
* Uncertainty
* Rough fuzzy hybridization
* Fuzzy subalgebra

External links

* [http://www.uncertainty-in-engineering.net/uncertainty_models/fuzziness Uncertainty model Fuzziness]

* ScholarPedia [http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Fuzzy_sets]
* [http://www.uncertainty-in-engineering.net/uncertainty_methods/fuzzy_analysis/ The Algorithm of Fuzzy Analysis]
* [http://pami.uwaterloo.ca/tizhoosh/set.htm Fuzzy Image Processing]
* Zadeh's 1965 paper on [http://www-bisc.cs.berkeley.edu/Zadeh-1965.pdf Fuzzy Sets]


External links

* Fuzzy Systems Journal http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505545/description#description

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