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A Fast Geometric Method for Defuzzification of Type-2 Fuzzy Sets

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2 Author(s)
Coupland, S. ; Centre for Comput. Intell., De Montfort Univ., Leicester ; John, R.

Generalized type-2 fuzzy logic systems cannot currently be used for practical problems because the amount of computation required to defuzzify a generalized type-2 fuzzy set is too large. This paper presents a new method for defuzzifing a type-2 fuzzy set. The new much faster technique is based on geometric representations and operations. The results of a real world example contained in this paper show this new approach to be over 200,000 times faster than type-reduction. We present a new method for assessing the accuracy of the membership function of a type-2 fuzzy set. This method is used to show that the new representation used by the defuzzifier is not detrimental to the accuracy of the set. We also discuss the differences between the new approach and type-reduction, identifying the origin of this massive improvement in execution speed.

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Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 4 )