Extracting Interpretable Fuzzy Rules From RBF Networks
Fuzzy Systems and RBF Network
Fuzzy systems and radial-basis-function networks (RBFN) are functionally
equivalent . However, they are different in physical meanings. Fuzzy
systems should satisfy the interpretability conditions whereas RBFN not.
By comparing an interpretable fuzzy system and an RBF network, it has been
found in  that the main difference between fuzzy systems and RBFNs is that
fuzzy systems should share a certain number of their membership functions
to reduce the number of fuzzy subsets in a fuzzy partition and therefore to
improve the distinguishability of the fuzzy partition. Based on this
observation, a regularization method has been proposed to extract fuzzy rules
from RBFN . This method can also be used to improve the interpretability
of fuzzy systems that are generated from data.
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