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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-09-39


In many practical applications, it is useful to represent a function f(x) by its fuzzy transform, i.e., by the "average" values over different elements of a fuzzy partition A1(x), ..., n(x) (for which Ai(x) >= 0 and A1(x) + ... + An(x) = 1). It is known that when we increase the number n of the partition elements Ai(x), the resulting approximation get closer and closer to the original function: for each value x0, the values Fi corresponding to the function Ai(x) for which Ai(x0) > 0 tend to f(x0).

In some applications, if we approximate the function f(x) on each element Ai(x) not by a constant but by a polynomial (i.e., use a fuzzy transform of a higher order), we get an even better approximation to f(x).

In this paper, we show that such fuzzy transforms of higher order (and even sometimes the original fuzzy transforms) not only approximate the function f(x) itself, they also approximate its derivative(s). For example, we have Fi'(x0) --> f'(x0)$.