ERIC Number: ED334481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Describing Personality Utilizing the Theory of Fuzzy Systems. Research Bulletin 76.
Niskanen, Vesa A.
This paper principally examines personality from a philosophical standpoint. First, problems related to the definition of this subject-matter are considered. Descriptive definitions and stipulative definitions are discussed. Second, a description of personality based on the Theory of Fuzzy Systems (TFS) and computers is suggested. The basic idea of this theory is that, in addition to the conventional sets and relations, vague sets and relations may also be used. It is noted that when fuzzy linguistic models are used, problems related to both the mere degrees of membership and conventional methods are eliminated because linguistic values may be regarded as elastic restrictions, thus better describing the nature of vague concepts. A concrete example of concept formation is provided. These conclusions are summarized: (1) the definition of personality is problematic using conventional methods because it is vague, complex, and complicated by nature; (2) the TFS, on the other hand, seems to be an intelligible approach because it deals with vague and complex entities elegantly; and (3) owing to the employment of TFS, computerized procedures may also be utilized conveniently in the concept formation of personality. (LLL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Education.
Identifiers: Finland; Fuzzy Set Theory