The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science

Granular Computing

An Introduction

Authors: Bargiela, Andrzej, Pedrycz, Witold

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This book is about Granular Computing (GC) - an emerging conceptual and of information processing. As the name suggests, GC concerns computing paradigm processing of complex information entities - information granules. In essence, information granules arise in the process of abstraction of data and derivation of knowledge from information. Information granules are everywhere. We commonly use granules of time (seconds, months, years). We granulate images; millions of pixels manipulated individually by computers appear to us as granules representing physical objects. In natural language, we operate on the basis of word-granules that become crucial entities used to realize interaction and communication between humans. Intuitively, we sense that information granules are at the heart of all our perceptual activities. In the past, several formal frameworks and tools, geared for processing specific information granules, have been proposed. Interval analysis, rough sets, fuzzy sets have all played important role in knowledge representation and processing. Subsequently, information granulation and information granules arose in numerous application domains. Well-known ideas of rule-based systems dwell inherently on information granules. Qualitative modeling, being one of the leading threads of AI, operates on a level of information granules. Multi-tier architectures and hierarchical systems (such as those encountered in control engineering), planning and scheduling systems all exploit information granularity. We also utilize information granules when it comes to functionality granulation, reusability of information and efficient ways of developing underlying information infrastructures.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Granular Computing as an Emerging Paradigm of Information Processing

    Bargiela, Andrzej (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Sets and Intervals

    Bargiela, Andrzej (et al.)

    Pages 19-46

  • Fuzzy Sets

    Bargiela, Andrzej (et al.)

    Pages 47-79

  • Rough Sets

    Bargiela, Andrzej (et al.)

    Pages 81-97

  • Generalizations of Information Granules

    Bargiela, Andrzej (et al.)

    Pages 99-124

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Granular Computing
Book Subtitle
An Introduction
Authors
Series Title
The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science
Series Volume
717
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-1033-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-1033-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7273-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5361-4
Series ISSN
0893-3405
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 452
Topics