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A Development of Fuzzy Encoding and Decoding Through Fuzzy Clustering

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2 Author(s)
Pedrycz, W. ; Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton ; de Oliveira, J.V.

Fuzzy clustering has emerged as a fundamental technique of information granulation. In this study, we introduce and discuss multivariable encoding and decoding mechanisms (referred altogether as a reconstruction problem) expressed in the language of fuzzy sets and fuzzy relations. The underlying performance index associated with the problem helps quantify a reconstruction error that arises when transforming a numeric datum through fuzzy sets (relations) and then reconstructing it into an original numeric format. The clustering platform considered in this study concerns the well-known algorithm of Fuzzy C-Means (FCM). The main design aspects deal with the relationships between the number of clusters versus the reconstruction properties and the resulting reconstruction error. The impact of the fuzzification coefficient on the reconstruction quality is investigated. This finding is of interest, given the fact that predominantly all applications involving FCM use the value of the fuzzification coefficient equal to 2. In light of the completed experiments, we demonstrate that this selection may not be experimentally legitimate. We also carry out a comparative analysis of the reconstruction properties of the Boolean decoding that is induced by the fuzzy partition. Experimental investigations involve selected machine learning data.

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Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

April 2008

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