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Advances in Fuzzy Systems
Volume 2011, Article ID 429498, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/429498
Research Article

Spatial Analysis and Fuzzy Relation Equations

Dipartimento di Costruzioni e Metodi Matematici in Architettura, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Monteoliveto 3, 80134 Napoli, Italy

Received 29 June 2011; Accepted 24 July 2011

Academic Editor: Irina G. Perfilieva

Copyright © 2011 Ferdinando Di Martino and Salvatore Sessa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We implement an algorithm that uses a system of fuzzy relation equations (SFRE) with the max-min composition for solving a problem of spatial analysis. We integrate this algorithm in a Geographical Information System (GIS) tool, and the geographical area under study is divided in homogeneous subzones (with respect to the parameters involved) to which we apply our process to determine the symptoms after that an expert sets the SFRE with the values of the impact coefficients. We find that the best solutions and the related results are associated to each subzone. Among others, we define an index to evaluate the reliability of the results.