In the first nine chapters of this book, we covered the basic foundations of the theory of fuzzy sets as they can be considered today in an undisputed fashion. Many more concepts and theories could not be discussed, either because of space limitations, because they cannot yet be considered ready for a textbook, or they are too specific and advanced for the goal of this textbook. It was already mentioned in the preface, that now-a-days more than 30,000 publications in the area of fuzzy set theory and computational intelligence exist. It is obvious that they cannot all be covered in such a textbook. I hope, however, that after studying this book the reader will be in a position to read, understand and evaluate most of the papers and books that are being published now. Hopefully the reader has also obtained some feeling how and to what type of problems this technology can be applied.


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