William Hakes- Information Sciences Article Summary



1)      “An Inquiry into Anatomy of Conflicts.” Information Sciences; 1998 Elsevier Science inc.; Pawlak, Zdzislaw. Volume 109, pp. 65-78.

2)      Zdzislaw Pawlak, Institute for Applied Informatics, Polish Academy of Sciences. zpw@ii.pw.edu.pl

3)      Is rough (fuzzy) set analysis a pragmatic way of approaching conflict analysis?

4)      Applied Theoretical:  In this article, the author proposes a new method in order to better model the nature on conflict and the agents involved.  In this study, he uses the Middle East conflict as his test case.

5)      Conflicts are one of the most insightful ways to study human nature.  Thus, conflict analysis has practical and theoretical value.  But traditional conflict analysis has been unable to approach the real nature of conflicts- answers are simply not clear-cut (agents rarely fall into “crisp” sets).  In conflict analysis, we are interested in approximate reasoning, which is well suited to analyze the nature of conflict, neutrality and alliance structures.  This paper presents a formal investigative model, assigns mathematical relationships between agents (in terms of degrees of fear and intimidation).  Most interesting is the conclusion, based upon the assignment of agents’ conflict functions, that any strategy of intimidation is not feasible.

6)      This article would likely appeal to a wide variety of readers, from academics to those generally interested in conflict, particularly as it relates to the Middle East. 

7)      I hope to publish an article similar to this at some point- likely many years from now.  Essentially, I hope to do as this author has done- take an existing theory or application (like fuzzy sets), and apply it to an area in which it has not yet been applied.