The common-sense definition, as expressed by Eq. (1.1), looks overly simple Its simplicity, however, is only on the surface. That is, the definition is simple in its form, but it contains symbols, T and R, that are extremely rich in content. Indeed, T stands for any imaginable set of things of any kind, and R stands for any conceivable relation defined on T. To appreciate the range of possible meanings of these symbols, let us explore some examples.


Equivalence Relation System Science Relational Form Compatibility Relation Constructivist View 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • George J. Klir
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  1. 1.State University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA

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