Bill:
Thanks for the automobile lead-in...
To help me understand some of the points raised, allow me to pose a
problem:
I own a Mercury Villager mini-van, which is made in the same factory as
the Nissan Quest (in Ohio, by the way), and most of the parts are
identical and interchangeable. As you might assume, they look very
similar. Now, if I see 2 mini-vans in a parking lot, and they appear to
be a Villager/Quest, but I can't tell from the distance I am at, than
the probability that the one on the left is a Villager is .5, and the
probability that it is a Quest is .5 (the same goes for the one on the
right).
Now, if I walk out into the parking lot and inspect the 2 vehicles, I
find that the one on the left is a Quest and the one on the right is
also a Quest. The probability now is 0.0 that either one is a
Villager. But what about the membership in the set (classification,
identity, whatever) of Villager? I would say that the Quest has a
membership of .95 in the set of Villager (and vice versa). How does
probability help explain to a mechanic that he can fix a Villager if he
has only ever fixed Quests before?
Tony
>
> I'm not sure what latitude FRIL offers in the kinds of things which can be
> represented by fuzzy quantities, but I surely hope it covers more than vague
> definitions.
>
> William Siler
>
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