"Vagueness - a mathematician's perspective"
, in P. Cintula, C. Fermüller, Ll. Godo, P. Hájek: Understanding vagueness, 12-2011
Vagueness - a mathematician's perspective
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I comment on the question of how to deal appropriately with vague information by formal means. I am critical of attempts to endow vague concepts with semantics in analogy to crisp concepts that refer to a mathematical structure. I argue, to the contrary, that vagueness pertains to the variability of the models associated with a particular mode of perception; the crucial point from my perspective is that we may choose between structures of differing granularity.
I see the primary challenge as finding a solution to the problem of reasoning simultaneously at different levels of granularity -- a problem to which a canonical solution is unlikely to exist. The idea of modelling vague concepts by fuzzy sets is defended, and additionally, two logical calculi of possible practical value are suggested.