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Fuzzy Logic with Engineering Applications, 4th Edition by Timothy J. Ross

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8Fuzzy Systems Simulation

As the complexity of a system increases, our ability to make precise and yet significant statements about its behavior diminishes until a threshold is reached beyond which precision and significance (or relevance) become almost mutually exclusive characteristics.

Lotfi Zadeh, professor, systems engineering, 1973

The real world is complex; complexity in the world generally arises from uncertainty in the form of ambiguity. Problems featuring complexity and ambiguity have been addressed subconsciously by humans because they could think; these ubiquitous features pervade most social, technical, and economic problems faced by the human race. Why then are computers, which have been designed by humans after all, not capable of addressing complex and ambiguous issues? How can humans reason about real systems, when the complete description of a real system often requires more detailed data than a human could ever hope to recognize simultaneously and assimilate with understanding? The answer is that humans have the capacity to reason approximately, a capability that computers currently do not have. In reasoning about a complex system, humans reason approximately about its behavior, thereby maintaining only a generic understanding about the problem. Fortunately, this generality and ambiguity are sufficient for human comprehension of complex systems. As the quote from Dr Zadeh’s principle of incompatibility suggests, complexity and ambiguity (imprecision) ...

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