As the systems which form the fabric of modern society become more complex and more interdependent, the need for the understanding of the behavior of such systems becomes increasingly more essential. What are the causes and possible cures for the worldwide inflation which is posing a serious threat to the economic stability and social order of both developed and underdeveloped countries? What are the trade-offs between the urgent need for additional sources of energy and the risks posed by the proliferation of nuclear reactors? How can one devise mass transportation systems which are fast, comforta ble, convenient, and yet not prohibitively expensive? These issues are but some of the more visible problems posed by what might be called the crisis of undercoordination--a crisis rooted in the widen ing gap between the degree of interdependence in the systems of modern society and the degree of coordination which libertarian societies are willing to tolerate. The disquieting implication of this crisis is that to achieve stability through coordination may necessitate the imposition of pervasive controls which may be hard to accept by societies steeped in the democratic tradition. Viewed in this perspective, the need for developing a better understanding of the behavior of large-scale societal systems presents a problem of much more than purely academic importance.
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Table of ContentsFuzzy Sets: Theory and Application to Policy Analysis and Information Systems.- Section I: Theory.- Minkowski Functionals of L-Fuzzy Sets.- Characterization of Fuzzy Measures by Classical Measures.- Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for the Values of a Function of Fuzzy Variables to Lie in a Specified Subinterval of [0,1].- Fuzzy Logic and Non-Distributive Truth Valuations.- New Results about Properties and Semantics of Fuzzy Set-Theoretic Operators.- On Potential Tautoligies in k-Valued Calculi and Their Assessment by Means of Normal Forms.- Developments in the Wake of the Theory of Possibility.- Fuzzy Dynamical Systems and the Nature of Their Solutions.- Abstract of Notes on Logics of Vagueness and Some Applications.- Section II: Applications.- Fuzzyism and Real World Problems.- Fuzzy Statistics and Policy Analysis.- An Outline of Fuzzy or Possibilistic Models for Queuing Systems.- Operations Research with Fuzzy Data.- Satisfaction and Fuzzy Decision Functions.- Experiments on Character Recognition Using Fuzzy Filters.- A Self-Adaptive Fuzzy Recognition System for Speech Sounds.- Sampling and Interpretation of Atmospheric Science Experimental Data.- Process Control Using Fuzzy Logic.- Fuzzy Sets and Possibility Theory in Reliability Studies of Man-Machine Systems.- Fuzzy Cost/Benefit Analysis.- A Fuzzy Analysis of Consensus in Small Groups.- On Modeling Interpersonal Communications.- Application of Fuzzy Decision-Making Models for Determining Optimal Policies in in “Stable” Integrated Regional Development.- A Fuzzy Set Procedure for Project Selection with Hierarchical Objectives.- Relational Products as a Tool for Analysis and Synthesis of the Behavior of Complex Natural and Artificial Systems.- Concept Structure and its Distortion in the Communication and Formation Process of Morality Concept.- Fuzzy Concepts in the Analysis of Public Health Risks.