BISC Seminar, 30 January 1997, 310 Soda, 4-5:00pm

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Michael A. Lee
Post Doctoral Researcher
Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing
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Granularity: Relations between the Whole and the Parts (Gestalt approach)

BISC Seminar

S. Guberman

ParaGraph International Campbell, California, USA

W. Wojtkowski BSU, Boise, Idaho, USA

30 January 1997 310 Soda Hall 4:00-5:00pm


The L. Zadeh's idea of granularity represents in the modern computer science the fundamental problem of the relations between the whole and its parts. How the pieces of the whole have to be combined in meaningful parts? How the whole has to be divided in parts in appropriate manner? In that talk we will discuss the problem as delineated by the Gestalt psychology. We will discuss the notions of integrity, partition, the paradox of the whole, the complexity versus simplicity, and the need for appropriate and succinct language of description. We will represent an algorithm that solves the partition problem for a specific class of objects in 1, 2 , 3 and n-dimensional spaces. We will show that the clustering problem ("technical granulation") can be represented and resolved as a special case application of our algorithm. We will describe some applications in medicine, geology and psychology.

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