Relational Mathematics

Relational Mathematics

Hardback Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Its Applications

By (author) Gunther Schmidt


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  • Format: Hardback | 582 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 248mm x 28mm | 1,102g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521762685
  • ISBN 13: 9780521762687
  • Illustrations note: 420 b/w illus. 70 exercises
  • Sales rank: 1,065,137

Product description

Relational mathematics is to operations research and informatics what numerical mathematics is to engineering: it is intended to help modelling, reasoning, and computing. Its applications are therefore diverse, ranging from psychology, linguistics, decision aid, and ranking to machine learning and spatial reasoning. Although many developments have been made in recent years, they have rarely been shared amongst this broad community of researchers. This comprehensive 2010 overview begins with an easy introduction to the topic, assuming a minimum of prerequisites; but it is nevertheless theoretically sound and up to date. It is suitable for applied scientists, explaining all the necessary mathematics from scratch using a multitude of visualised examples, via matrices and graphs. It ends with tangible results on the research level. The author illustrates the theory and demonstrates practical tasks in operations research, social sciences and the humanities.

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Author information

Gunther Schmidt was a Professor in the Faculty for Informatics of the Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen before his retirement in 2004.

Review quote

'The author illustrates the mathematical theory and demonstrates practical tasks in operations research, social sciences and the humanities with graspable results at the research level. The multitude of examples is visualized using matrices and graphs. The book is suitable for applied scientists and the broad community of researchers in various fields who use relations in their scientific work.' Zentralblatt MATH

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. Representations of Relations: 2. Sets, subsets and elements; 3. Relations; Part II. Operations and Constructions: 4. Algebraic operations on relations; 5. Order and function: the standard view; 6. Relations and vectors; 7. Domain construction; Part III. Algebra: 8. Relation algebra; 9. Orders and lattices; 10. Rectangles, fringes, inverses; 11. Concept analysis; Part IV. Applications: 12. Orderings: an advanced view; 13. Preference and indifference; 14. Aggregating preferences; 15. Relational graph theory; 16. Standard Galois mechanisms; Part V. Advanced Topics: 17. Mathematical applications; 18. Implication structures; 19. Power operations; Appendix A. Notations; Appendix B. Postponed proofs of Part II; Appendix C. Algebraic visualization; Appendix D. Historical annotations; Table of symbols; References; Index.