Fuzzy Set Theory: Applications in the Social Sciences (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)

Fuzzy Set Theory: Applications in the Social Sciences (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)

By: Jay Verkuilen (author), Michael Smithson (author)Paperback

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Fuzzy set theory deals with sets or categories whose boundaries are blurry or, in other words, `fuzzy.' This book presents an accessible introduction to fuzzy set theory, focusing on its applicability to the social sciences. Unlike most books on this topic, Fuzzy Set Theory provides a systematic, yet practical guide for researchers wishing to combine fuzzy set theory with standard statistical techniques and model-testing.

About Author

Research Interests: Ignorance and Uncertainty, Risk, Decision Making, Statistical Methods for Psychological Research, Social Dilemmas, Fuzzy Logic, Philosophy and Social Psychology of Science Teaching: Introductory Graduate Statistics, Linear Models, Generalized Linear Models, Psychometrics, Item Response Theory Research: My research is focused on the intersection of statistics and behavioral science. I have done work in a number of areas.


Series Editor's Introduction Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. An Overview of Fuzzy Set Mathematics 2.1 Set Theory 2.2 Why Fuzzy Sets? 2.3 The Membership Function 2.4 Operations of Fuzzy Set Theory 2.5 Fuzzy Numbers and Fuzzy Variables 2.6 Graphical Representations of Fuzzy Sets 3. Measuring Membership 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Methods for Constructing Membership Functions 3.3 Measurement Properties Required for Fuzzy Sets 3.4 Measurement Properties of Membership Functions 3.5 Uncertainty Estimates in Membership Assignment 4. Internal Structure and Properties of a Fuzzy Set 4.1 Cardinality: The Size of a Fuzzy Set 4.2 Probability Distributions for Fuzzy Sets 4.3 Defining and Measuring Fuzziness 5. Simple Relations Between Fuzzy Sets 5.1 Intersection, Union, and Inclusion 5.2 Detecting and Evaluating Fuzzy Inclusion 5.3 Quantifying and Modeling Inclusion: Ordinal Membership Scales 5.4 Quantified and Comparable Membership Scales 6. Multivariate Fuzzy Set Relations 6.1 Compound Set Indexes 6.2 Multiset Relations: Comorbidity, Covariation, and Co-Occurrence 6.3 Multiple and Partial Intersection and Inclusion 7. Concluding Remarks References Index About the Authors

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780761929864
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 112
  • ID: 9780761929864
  • weight: 140
  • ISBN10: 076192986X

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