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On the Meaning of Noise Annoyance Modifiers: A Fuzzy Set Theoretical Approach

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This paper reports on a fuzzy analysis of information gathered by many colleagues on the precise meaning of noise annoyance modifiers in 9 different languages. It is shown how fuzzy set theory can help us to construct a mathematical background for translating these modifiers between the languages concerned. A second goal of annoyance modifier research is to define labels to be used in noise annoyance surveys in order to obtain accurate and comparable results. Similarity measures used to compare fuzzy sets associated with verbal descriptors of annoyance levels indicate to what extent previously proposed labels [1] match between the languages considered. An ideal language from the fuzzy point of view where a continuous annoyance scale is exactly divided into n equal parts is translated to these natural languages and results in an alternative selection of labels that are better suited for fuzzy calculus. In general this selection of labels corresponds quite well with the set proposed in [1] which is rather surprising since the fuzzy set approach lacks most of the human input used in the ICBEN selection procedure.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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