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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Dr. Lorraine Parker


A fuzzy set is one in which membership in a category is not Boolean, rather items have a degree of membership. Fuzzy databases expand on this idea by storing fuzzy data and allowing data to be retrieved based on its degree of membership. Determining the degree of membership that satisfies the largest number of users is difficult. Five different methods of determining the membership function: the Direct Rating Method, the Random Method with step sizes of .02 and .03, the Steplock Method, and the Weighted Average Method, were compared on the basis of convergence and user satisfaction. The results support use of the Direct Rating Method and the Steplock Method in conjunction with each other, to produce the membership function in the least time and with the highest user satisfaction.


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Date of Submission

June 2008