Neural networks and fuzzy systems are different approaches to introducing human-like reasoning into expert systems. This text combines the study of these two subjects, their basics and their use, along with symbolic AI methods to build comprehensive artificial intelligence systems. Kasabov describes rule-based and connectionist techniques and then their combinations, with fuzzy logic included, showing the application of the different techniques to a set of simple prototype problems, which makes comparisons possible. A particular feature of the text is that it is filled with applications in engineering, business and finance. AI problems that cover most of the application-oriented research in the field (pattern recognition, speech and image processing, classification, planning, optimization, prediction, control, decision making, and game simulations) are discussed and illustrated with concrete examples. Intended both as a text for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as a reference for researchers in the field of knowledge engineering, "Foundations of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Engineering" has chapters structured for various levels of teaching and includes work by the author along with the classic material. Data sets for the examples in the book as well as an integrated software environment that can be used to solve the problems and do the exercises at the end of each chapter are available free through anonymous ftp.
Excellent pages and boards, a little DJ wear.