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This paper proposes a novel Adaboost algorithm to learn fuzzy-rule-based classifiers. Connections between iterative learning and boosting are analyzed in terms of their respective structures and the manner these algorithms address the cooperation-competition problem. The results are used to explain some properties of the former method. The evolutionary boosting scheme is applied to approximate and descriptive fuzzy-rule bases. The advantages of boosting fuzzy rules are assessed by performance comparisons between the proposed method and other classification schemes applied on a set of benchmark classification tasks.