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Basics Where is FCM usefull?

Where is fuzzy cognitive mapping (FCM) useful?

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Özesmi and Özesmi (2004) identified 4 cases where FCM is especially suitable:

  • Cases where hard to quantify human behavior plays a significant role.
  • Cases where hard scientific data is  incomplete or entirely missing, but where local, indigenous and traditional knowledge is available.
  • For very complex questions where many different positions are included but where no simple or correct answers are available. In such cases finding compromises is often the only solution.
  • Cases where public opinion is desired. FCM also improves the flow of information between the participants.

Out of our own experience we can say that FCM is very useful as a tool:
  • to gather information on the perception of actors – e.g. to build an agent based model
  • to generate realistic and relevant scenarios
  • for participative modelling
  • in comparing different views on the functioning of complex systems
  • to foster social learning
  • to integrate or compare different knowledge types (e.g. expert knowledge, local knowledge, traditional knowledge)
  • for holistic socio-ecological system analysis

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Last Updated on Sunday, 21 March 2010 21:25  


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