An alternative semantics for linguistic variables

  • Daniel G. Schwartz
Fuzzy Sets And Possibility Theory
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 313)


The concept of a linguistic variable, first introduced by Zadeh [5], is here modified and reinterpreted with the aim of producing a computationally more manageable model of natural human reasoning with linguistic imprecision. An important characteristic of the new interpretation is that it establishes the meaning of linguistic terms relative to a context comprised of the available atomic linguistic terms. This in turn leads to a formal distinction between the precision of linguistic terms and their specificity.

A future work is planned wherein the new formulation will be explored as the possible basis for an intuitively plausible semantics for Horn clauses. It is hoped that this will yield a viable approach to approximate reasoning in various kinds of automated deduction systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel G. Schwartz
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe Florida State UniversityTallahasseeU. S. A.

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