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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-23-51


Numerous examples from different application domain confirm the statement of Lotfi Zadeh -- that everything is a matter of degree. Because of this, one would expect that in most -- if not all -- practical situations taking these degrees into account would lead to more effective control, more effective prediction, etc. In practice, while in many cases, this indeed happens, in many other cases, "crisp" methods -- methods that do not take these degrees into account -- work better. In this paper, we provide two possible explanations for this discrepancy: an objective one -- explaining that the optimal (best-fit) model is indeed often the crisp one, and a subjective one -- that we have to use crisp because of our limited ability to process information.