Mamdani fuzzy networks with feedforward rule bases for complex systems modelling

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This paper proposes a novel approach for modelling complex interconnected systems by means of Mamdani fuzzy networks with feedforward rule bases. The nodes in these networks are rule bases connected in a feedforward manner whereby outputs from some rule bases are fed as inputs to subsequent rule bases. The approach allows any fuzzy network of this type to be presented as an equivalent Mamdani fuzzy system by linguistic composition of its nodes. The composition process makes use of formal models for fuzzy networks, basic operations in such networks, their properties and advanced operations. These models, operations and properties are used for defining several types of networks with single or multiple horizontal levels and vertical layers. The proposed approach facilitates the understanding of complex interconnected systems by improving the transparency of their models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2623-2637
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016


  • fuzzy modelling
  • decision support systems
  • finance
  • linguistic modelling
  • feedforward connections
  • complex systems


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