Improving fuzzy rule interpolation performance with information gain-guided antecedent weighting

Fangyi Li, Ying Li, Changjing Shang, Qiang Shen

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Fuzzy rule interpolation (FRI) makes inference possible when dealing with a sparse and imprecise rule base. However, the rule antecedents are commonly assumed to be of equal signicance in most FRI approaches in the implementation of interpolation. This may lead to a poor performance of interpolative
reasoning due to inaccurate or incorrect interpolated results. In order to improve the accuracy by minimising the disadvantage of the equal significance assumption, this paper presents a novel inference system where an information gain (IG)-guided fuzzy rule interpolation method is embedded. In particular, the rule antecedents in FRI are weighted using IG to evaluate the relative importance given the consequent for decision making. The computation of antecedent weights is enabled by introducing an innovative reverse engineering process that artifically converts fuzzy rules into training samples. The antecedent weighting scheme is integrated with scale and move transformation-based interpolation (though other FRI techniques may be improved in the same manner). An illustrative example is used to demonstrate the execution of the proposed approach, while systematic comparative experimental studies are reported to demonstrate the potential of the proposed work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3125-3139
JournalSoft Computing
Issue number10
Early online date04 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2018


  • fuzzy rule interpolation
  • antecedent weighting
  • reverse engineering


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