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Comparison of rough-set and interval-set models for uncertain reasoning. (English) Zbl 0858.68107
Summary: In the rough-set model, a set is represented by a pair of ordinary sets called the lower and upper approximations. In the interval-set model, a pair of sets is referred to as the lower and upper bounds which define a family of sets. A significant difference between these models lies in the definition and interpretation of their extended set-theoretic operators. The operators in the rough-set model are not truth-functional, while the operators in the interval-set model are truth-functional. Within the framework of possible-worlds analysis, we show that the rough-set model corresponds to the modal logic system \(S_5\), while the interval-set model corresponds to Kleene’s three-valued logic system \(K_3\). It is argued that these two models extend set theory in the same manner as the logic systems \(S_5\) and \(K_3\) extend standard propositional logic. Their relationships to probabilistic reasoning are also examined.

MSC:
68T27 Logic in artificial intelligence
68T30 Knowledge representation
03E47 Other notions of set-theoretic definability
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