Integration of Variable Precision Rough Set and Fuzzy Clustering: An Application to Knowledge Acquisition for Manufacturing Process Planning

  • Zhonghao Wang
  • Xinyu Shao
  • Guojun Zhang
  • Haiping Zhu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3642)


Knowledge acquisition plays a significant role in the knowledge-based intelligent process planning system, but there remains a difficult issue. In manufacturing process planning, experts often make decisions based on different decision thresholds under uncertainty. Knowledge acquisition has been inclined towards a more complex but more necessary strategy to obtain such thresholds, including confidence, rule strength and decision precision. In this paper, a novel approach to integrating fuzzy clustering and VPRS (variable precision rough set) is proposed. As compared to the conventional fuzzy decision techniques and entropy-based analysis method, it can discover association rules more effectively and practically in process planning with such thresholds. Finally, the proposed approach is validated by the illustrative complexity analysis of manufacturing parts, and the analysis results of the preliminary tests are also reported.


Association Rule Knowledge Acquisition Fuzzy Cluster Fuzzy Approximation Variable Precision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhonghao Wang
    • 1
  • Xinyu Shao
    • 1
  • Guojun Zhang
    • 1
  • Haiping Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical Science and EngineeringHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanThe People’s Republic of China

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