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Fuzzy Sets

Theory and Applications to Policy Analysis and Information Systems

  • Paul P. Wang
  • S. K. Chang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Theory

  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ramesh Jain
      Pages 129-132
    3. Abraham Kandel
      Pages 133-145
    4. Henri M. Prade
      Pages 155-170
    5. Ronald R. Yager
      Pages 171-194
    6. Paul P. Wang, C. Y. Wang
      Pages 195-221
    7. S. K. Pal, D. Dutta Majumder
      Pages 223-230
    8. Robert W. Gunderson, James D. Watson
      Pages 231-248
    9. E. H. Mamdani, B. S. Sembi
      Pages 249-265
    10. Lee A. Neitzel, Lance J. Hoffman
      Pages 275-290
    11. Bonnie Spillman, Richard Spillman, James Bezdek
      Pages 291-308
    12. Ronald R. Yager
      Pages 309-320
    13. Thomas B. Feagans, William F. Biller
      Pages 391-404
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 405-413

About this book

Introduction

As the systems which form the fabric of modern society become more complex and more interdependent, the need for the understanding of the behavior of such systems becomes increasingly more essential. What are the causes and possible cures for the worldwide inflation which is posing a serious threat to the economic stability and social order of both developed and underdeveloped countries? What are the trade-offs between the urgent need for additional sources of energy and the risks posed by the proliferation of nuclear reactors? How can one devise mass transportation systems which are fast, comforta­ ble, convenient, and yet not prohibitively expensive? These issues are but some of the more visible problems posed by what might be called the crisis of undercoordination--a crisis rooted in the widen­ ing gap between the degree of interdependence in the systems of modern society and the degree of coordination which libertarian societies are willing to tolerate. The disquieting implication of this crisis is that to achieve stability through coordination may necessitate the imposition of pervasive controls which may be hard to accept by societies steeped in the democratic tradition. Viewed in this perspective, the need for developing a better understanding of the behavior of large-scale societal systems presents a problem of much more than purely academic importance.

Keywords

energy fuzzy sets inflation interdependence mass modeling nuclear operations research stability transport transportation transportation systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul P. Wang
    • 1
  • S. K. Chang
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.University of IllinoisChicagoUSA

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