Making Large Information Sources Better Accessible Using Fuzzy Set Theory [chapter]

Guy De Tré
2013 Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing  
Nowadays our society still witnesses an ever growing amount of digital information sources that are made publicly accessible via the internet. Along with the availability of the huge quantity of data comes the need for query engines and tools to efficiently explore and access these data and provide users with the facilities to retrieve exactly what they are looking for. As users most efficiently express their retrieval preferences using natural language and as matching in information retrieval
more » ... nd query processing in such cases often becomes a matter of degree or in some cases even a matter of uncertainty, fuzzy set theory and its related possibility theory offer an excellent mathematical basis for the development of advanced data access methods. These observations are the rationales behind the research of the Database, Document and Content Management group at Ghent University. In what follows we briefly describe the evolution of our research in the recent twenty years. Herewith we also try to give insight in the developments in fuzzy set theory and information management that formed the inspiration for this evolution. Furthermore, we present our vision on some trends for future developments.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-35641-4_21 fatcat:jc34sh44kbdfrfourtcvx5hjte