It is a well-recognized fact that the theory of fuzzy sets and systems, for the last four decades after the seminal paper by Professor Zadeh , has demonstrated its remarkable ability to go beyond conventional information representation. It resulted in a wide range of new formulations of practical problems, such as fuzzy control, fuzzy clustering and classification, fuzzy modeling, and fuzzy optimization . Historically, the design of the fuzzy systems has been initially assumed to be centered on expert knowledge . During the 1990s, a new trend emerged ,  that offered techniques to make use of the experimental data. This data-centered approach can be used to enhance and validate the existing expert knowledge or can also be used to substitute its lack (as is the case with autonomous systems, for example). Neurofuzzy and hybrid learning systems were introduced, where fuzzy representation was integrated into a neural learning architecture to bring linguistic meaning of the learned information . (c) IEEE Press
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