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Explanation of terms of concepts and fundamental principles of grey systems

Sifeng Liu (Institute for Grey Systems Studies, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China) (Centre for Computational Intelligence, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)
Yingjie Yang (Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK) (Institute for Grey Systems Studies, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)
Jeffrey Forrest (School of Business, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA) (Institute for Grey Systems Studies, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)
Handan Rui (Institute for Grey Systems Studies, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)

Grey Systems: Theory and Application

ISSN: 2043-9377

Article publication date: 7 November 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the terms of concepts and fundamental principles of grey systems.

Design/methodology/approach

The definitions of basic terms about concepts and fundamental principles of grey systems are presented one by one.

Findings

The reader could know the basic explanation about the important terms about concepts and fundamental principles of grey systems from this paper.

Practical implications

Many of the authors’ colleagues thought that unified definitions of key terms would be beneficial for both the readers and the authors.

Originality/value

It is a fundamental work to standardize all the definitions of terms for a new discipline. It is also propitious to spread the universal principles of grey system theory.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship under the seventh Framework Programme of the European Union, entitled “Grey Systems and Its Application to Data Mining and Decision Support” (Grant No. FP7-PEOPLE-IIF-GA-2013-629051). It is also supported by a joint project of both the NSFC and the RS of the UK entitled “Grey System Theory and Computational Intelligence” (71111130211), a project of the Leverhulme Trust International Network entitled “Grey Systems and Its Applications” (IN-2014-020), and a project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71671091). Also, the authors would like to acknowledge the support provided by the Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities (NP2015208), the Foundation for National Outstanding Teaching Group of China (No. 10td128). The authors are deeply in debt to Mr John Barrett who proofread the paper.

Citation

Liu, S., Yang, Y., Forrest, J. and Rui, H. (2016), "Explanation of terms of concepts and fundamental principles of grey systems", Grey Systems: Theory and Application, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 429-435. https://doi.org/10.1108/GS-09-2016-0030

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