Piecewise Linear Approximation of Fuzzy Numbers Preserving the Support and Core
A reasonable approximation of a fuzzy number should have a simple membership function, be close to the input fuzzy number, and should preserve some of its important characteristics. In this paper we suggest to approximate a fuzzy number by a piecewise linear 1-knot fuzzy number which is the closest one to the input fuzzy number among all piecewise linear 1-knot fuzzy numbers having the same core and the same support as the input. We discuss the existence of the approximation operator, show algorithms ready for the practical use and illustrate the considered concepts by examples. It turns out that such an approximation task may be problematic.
KeywordsApproximation of fuzzy numbers core fuzzy number piecewise linear approximation support
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