Effect of Rule Representation in Rule Base Reduction

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An objective of merging rules in rule bases designed for system modeling and function approximation is to increase the scope of the rules and enhance their interpretability. The effectiveness of rule merging depends upon the underlying system, the learning algorithm, and the type of rule. In this paper we examine the ability to merge rules using variations of Mamdani and Takagi-Sugeno-Kang style rules. The generation of the rule base is a two part process; initially a uniform partition of the input domain is used to construct a rule base that satisfies a prescribed precision bound on the training data. A greedy algorithm is then employed to merge adjacent regions while preserving the precision bound. The objective of the algorithm is to produce fuzzy models of acceptable precision with a small number of rules. A set of experiments has been performed to compare the effect of the rule representation on the ability to reduce the number of rules and on the precision of the resulting models.



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