Book: Fuzzy Logic: A Practical Approach
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
The last decade has seen a large interest in technologies that have as their motivation some aspect of human function. Some of these, like artificial intelligence, can be seen to be rooted in the psychological domain. Others, like neural networks, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary programming, are inspired by reconsiderations of biological processes. Common to all these so-called “intelligent technologies” is a need to represent knowledge in a manner that is both faithful to the human style of processing information as well as a form amenable to computer manipulation.Fuzzy sets were originally introduced in 1965; the related discipline of fuzzy logic is proving itself as the most appropriate medium to accomplish this task. At one level, fuzzy logic can be viewed as a language that allows one to translate sophisticated statements from natural language into a mathematical formalism. Once we have this mathematical form of knowledge, we are able to draw upon hundreds of years of recent history in technology to manipulate this knowledge.