Computing Statistics Under Interval and Fuzzy Uncertainty by Hung T. Nguyen

Computing Statistics Under Interval and Fuzzy Uncertainty

Hung T. Nguyen, Vladik Kreinovich, Berlin Wu and Gang Xiang
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In many practical situations, we are interested in statistics characterizing a population of objects: e.g. in the mean height of people from a certain area. Most algorithms for estimating such statistics assume that the sample values are exact. In practice, sample values come from measurements, and measurements are never absolutely accurate. Sometimes, we know the exact probability distribution of the measurement inaccuracy, but often, we only know the upper bound on this inaccuracy. In this case, we have interval uncertainty: e.g. if the measured value is 1.0, and inaccuracy is bounded by 0.1, then the actual (unknown) value of the quantity can be anywhere between 1.0 - 0.1 = 0.9 and 1.0 + 0.1 = 1.1. In other cases, the values are expert estimates, and we only have fuzzy information about the estimation inaccuracy. This book shows how to compute statistics under such interval and fuzzy uncertainty. The resulting methods are applied to computer science (optimal scheduling of different processors), to information technology (maintaining privacy), to computer engineering (design of computer chips), and to data processing in geosciences, radar imaging, and structural mechanics.

From the reviews: "This book is a research exposition by Kreinovich and coworkers. ... The main goal is to present algorithms for computation of statistical characteristics (like variance) but under interval and fuzzy uncertainty of the available data. In this book, fuzzy uncertainty is reduced to interval uncertainty by alpha-cutwise consideration of (convex) fuzzy uncertainty. ... For increase of readability, mathematical proofs are presented always at the end of the chapters." (Wolfgang Nather, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1238, 2012)

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Nguyen, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

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Computing Statistics Under Interval and Fuzzy Uncertainty