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A python package for inducing membership functions from labeled data

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mulearn is a python package implementing the metodology for data-driven induction of fuzzy sets described in

  • D. Malchiodi and W. Pedrycz, Learning Membership Functions for Fuzzy Sets through Modified Support Vector Clustering, in F. Masulli, G. Pasi e R. Yager (Eds.), Fuzzy Logic and Applications. 10th International Workshop, WILF 2013, Genoa, Italy, November 19–22, 2013. Proceedings., Vol. 8256, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence, 2013;
  • D. Malchiodi and A. G. B. Tettamanzi, Predicting the Possibilistic Score of OWL Axioms through Modified Support Vector Clustering, in H. Haddad, R. L. Wainwright e R. Chbeir (Eds.), SAC'18: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, ACM (ISBN 9781450351911), 1984–1991, 2018.


The package can easily be installed via pip:

pip install mulearn

or using the source code available at

How to use

Consider the Iris dataset, whose 150 observations describe each a flower of the Iris species in terms of its sepal and petal width and length, as well as of its class (Setosa, Versicolor, and Virginica), as exemplified here below.

%matplotlib inline
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
from sklearn.decomposition import PCA

source = ''\

iris_df = pd.read_csv(source, header=None)
iris_df.columns=['sepal_length', 'sepal_width',
                 'petal_length', 'petal_width', 'class']
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sepal_length sepal_width petal_length petal_width class
0 5.1 3.5 1.4 0.2 Iris-setosa
1 4.9 3.0 1.4 0.2 Iris-setosa
2 4.7 3.2 1.3 0.2 Iris-setosa
3 4.6 3.1 1.5 0.2 Iris-setosa
4 5.0 3.6 1.4 0.2 Iris-setosa

Focusing on the flower class as fuzzy concept to be learnt from data,

iris_values = iris_df.iloc[:,0:4].values
iris_labels = iris_df.iloc[:,4].values

pca_2d = PCA(n_components=2)
iris_values_2d = pca_2d.fit_transform(iris_values)
def gr_dataset(): 
    for lab, col in zip(('Iris-setosa', 'Iris-versicolor', 'Iris-virginica'),
                        ('blue', 'green', 'red')):
        plt.scatter(iris_values_2d[iris_labels==lab, 0],
                    iris_values_2d[iris_labels==lab, 1],



def to_membership_values(labels, target):
    return [1 if l==target else 0 for l in labels]

mu = {}
for target in ('Iris-setosa', 'Iris-versicolor', 'Iris-virginica'):
    mu[target] = to_membership_values(iris_labels, target)
def gr_membership_contour(estimated_membership):
    x = np.linspace(-4, 4, 50)
    y = np.linspace(-4, 4, 50)
    X, Y = np.meshgrid(x, y)
    zs = np.array([estimated_membership((x, y))
                   for x,y in zip(np.ravel(X), np.ravel(Y))])
    Z = zs.reshape(X.shape)
    membership_contour = plt.contour(X, Y, Z,
                                     levels=(.1, .3, .5, .95), colors='k')
    plt.clabel(membership_contour, inline=1)

The main class of the package, called FuzzySVEstimator, learns the membership function $\mu_A$ to a fuzzy set $A$ from a sample of vectors labeled according to the corresponding membership grades to $A$. This class exposes an interface analogous to that of estimators in Scikit-Learn, thus learning happens through invokation of the fit method on an insance of the class, specifying objects and targets as arguments. Once this method returns, the estimated_membership_ attribute contains a reference to the learnt membership function.

from mulearn import FuzzyInductor

f = FuzzyInductor(), mu['Iris-virginica'])
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Alternatively, it is possible to predict the membership of an object through invokation of the predict method.

f.predict([[2, 0]])

Hyper-parameters of the learning algorithm, that according to the interface required by Scikit-learn should be specified during object creation, are described here below.


This hyper-parameter, regulating how the learnt membership function decreases from 1 to 0, is specified through the fuzzifier argument. The corresponding value should be set to a pair containing a class in the mulearn.fuzzifier module and a dictionary of options be used when the former class is instantiated.

The simplest fuzzifier linearly decreases from 1 to 0. It is specified via the mulearn.fuzzifier.LinearFuzzifier class, which in its simplest form does not require specific options.

from mulearn import fuzzifier

f = FuzzyInductor(fuzzifier=(fuzzifier.LinearFuzzifier, {})), mu['Iris-virginica'])

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When the dictionary provided along with the fuzzifier class is empty, the former is typically tuned according to the data provided to the learning algorithm. However, it is possible to directly specify options in order to set a specific behaviour for the fuzzifier to be created. For instance, the following cell relies on an ExponentialFuzzifier, whose exponential decay rate from 1 to 0 is manually set specifying the 'profile' and 'alpha' keys in the dictionary.

f = FuzzyInductor(fuzzifier=(fuzzifier.ExponentialFuzzifier,
                             {'profile': 'alpha', 'alpha': 0.25})), mu['Iris-virginica'])

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from mulearn import kernel

f = FuzzyInductor(k=kernel.GaussianKernel(.3)), mu['Iris-virginica'])

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from mulearn import optimization as opt

    f = FuzzyInductor(solve_strategy=(opt.solve_optimization_gurobi, {})), mu['Iris-virginica'])

except (ModuleNotFoundError, ValueError):
    print('Gurobi not available')
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f = FuzzyInductor(fuzzifier=(fuzzifier.ExponentialFuzzifier,
                             {'profile': 'alpha', 'alpha': 0.15}),
                                  {'n_iter': 20}),
                  return_profile=True), mu['Iris-virginica'])

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plt.plot(f.profile_[0], mu['Iris-virginica'], '.')
plt.plot(f.profile_[1], f.profile_[2])
plt.ylim((-0.1, 1.1))


sigmas = [.225,.5]
parameters = {'c': [1,10,100],
              'k': [kernel.GaussianKernel(s) for s in sigmas]}
from sklearn.model_selection import GridSearchCV
from sklearn.exceptions import FitFailedWarning
import logging
import warnings


f = FuzzyInductor()

with warnings.catch_warnings():
    warnings.simplefilter('ignore', FitFailedWarning)

    virginica = GridSearchCV(f, param_grid=parameters, cv=2), mu['Iris-virginica'])
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import pickle

saved_estimator = pickle.dumps(virginica.best_estimator_)
loaded_estimator = pickle.loads(saved_estimator)



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