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A must-have reference resource for qualitative management researchers, this dictionary contains over 90 entries covering the fundamentals of qualitative methodologies; covering both analysis and implementation. Each entry gives an introduction to the topic, lists the key relevant features, gives a worked example, a concise summary and a selection of further reading suggestions. It is suitable for researchers and academics who need a handy and quick point of reference.

Fuzzy Sets
Fuzzy sets
Introduction

The fuzzy set theory is a relatively new approach that has been growing since its inception in the mid 1960s. In the fuzzy set theory, an abstract concept such as a sunny day can be considered as a fuzzy set and defined mathematically by assigning to each individual in the universe of disclosure, a value representing its grade of membership in the fuzzy set. This grade corresponds to the degree to which the individual is similar or compatible with the concept represented by the fuzzy set. Thus, individuals may belong in the fuzzy set to a greater or lesser degree as is indicated by a larger or smaller membership grade. These membership grades are very often represented by real member values ranging ...

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