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A similarity-based inference engine for non-singleton fuzzy logic systems

Wagner, Christian; Pourabdollah, Amir; McCulloch, Josie; John, Robert; Garibaldi, Jonathan M.


Amir Pourabdollah

Josie McCulloch

Robert John


In non-singleton fuzzy logic systems (NSFLSs) input uncertainties are modelled with input fuzzy sets in order to capture input uncertainty such as sensor noise. The performance of NSFLSs in handling such uncertainties depends both on the actual input fuzzy sets (and their inherent model of uncertainty) and on the way that they affect the inference process. This paper proposes a novel type of NSFLS by replacing the composition-based inference method of type-1 fuzzy relations with a similarity-based inference method that makes NSFLSs more sensitive to changes in the input's uncertainty characteristics. The proposed approach is based on using the Jaccard ratio to measure the similarity between input and antecedent fuzzy sets, then using the measured similarity to determine the firing strength of each individual fuzzy rule. The standard and novel approaches to NSFLSs are experimentally compared for the well-known problem of Mackey-Glass time series predictions, where the NSFLS's inputs have been perturbed with different levels of Gaussian noise. The experiments are repeated for system training under both noisy and noise-free conditions. Analyses of the results show that the new method outperforms the standard approach by substantially reducing the prediction errors.


Wagner, C., Pourabdollah, A., McCulloch, J., John, R., & Garibaldi, J. M. (2016). A similarity-based inference engine for non-singleton fuzzy logic systems.

Conference Name IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems 2016 (FUZZ-IEEE 2016)
Start Date Jul 24, 2016
End Date Jul 29, 2016
Acceptance Date Apr 8, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 10, 2016
Publication Date Jul 24, 2016
Deposit Date May 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2016
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords non-singleton, fuzzy logic systems, uncertainty, fuzzifier, input, similarity, time series prediction
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