This volume presents the results of approximately 15 years of work from researchers around the world on the use of fuzzy set theory to represent imprecision in databases. The maturity of the research in the discipline and the recent developments in commercial/industrial fuzzy databases provided an opportunity to produce this survey.
Fuzzy Databases: Principles and Applications is self-contained, providing background material on fuzzy sets and database theory. It is comprehensive, covering all of the major approaches and models of fuzzy databases that have been developed, including coverage of commercial/industrial systems and applications.
Major emphasis has been given to applications and commercialization of fuzzy databases. Several specific industrial/commercial products and applications are described. These include approaches to developing fuzzy front-end systems and special-purpose systems incorporating fuzziness.