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Fuzzy Systems

Fuzzy Systems
Fuzzy Logic (FL) was initiated in 1965, by Lotfi A. Zadeh , professor for computer science at the University of California in Berkeley.

Basically, Fuzzy Logic is a multivalued logic, that allows intermediate values to be defined between conventional evaluations like true/false, yes/no, high/low, etc. Humans are more familiar with notions like rather tall or very fast, fuzzy logic is a technology to formulate this concepts mathematically and apply a more human−like way of thinking in the programming of computers.

Fuzzy systems is an alternative to traditional notions of set membership and logic that has its origins in ancient Greek philosophy. The precision of mathematics owes its success in large part to the efforts of Aristotle and the philosophers who preceded him. In their efforts to devise a concise theory of logic, and later mathematics, the so−called "Laws of Thought" were posited.

One of these, the "Law of the Excluded Middle," states that every proposition must either be True or False. Even when Parminedes proposed the first version of this law (around 400 B.C.) there were strong and immediate objections: for example, Heraclitus proposed that things could be simultaneously True and not True. It was Plato who laid the foundation for what would become fuzzy logic, indicating that there was a third region (beyond True and False) where these opposites "tumbled about." It was Lukasiewicz who first proposed a systematic alternative to the bi−valued logic of Aristotle.

Fuzzy Logic has emerged as a a profitable tool for the controlling and steering of of systems and complex industrial processes, as well as for household and entertainment electronics, as well as for other expert systems and applications like the classification of data.