Multivariable indices of environmental conditions summarize the information provided by several biotic or abiotic variables into a single value of immediate interpretability, thus they are important instruments for monitoring. Developing new indices that combine different variables is not a trivial task: variables may be qualitative, or measured in different units, and the relationship between primitive components and quality may be ambiguous. Fuzzy logic has been repeatedly proposed as an effective technique to cope with such problems; however, the variety of choices that exist at each stage of the development of fuzzy models may present a problem for the index designer. In this paper we present F-IND, a framework to create fuzzy indices by means of a simplified and intuitive procedure. It allows to capture the expert knowledge of the system under study (air, soil, water) to easily generate a multivariable index of environmental conditions. F-IND is implemented in Java, to achieve an optimal portability on any operating system
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