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Prototype
Classifiers and
the Big Fish
The Case of Prototype (Instance) Selection

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by Ludmila I. Kuncheva

J

im Bezdek once told me, "Write just the
same way you talk!" That is my excuse for
the unashamedly colloquial text to follow.
Many, many years ago, sometime during
the rock 'n' roll 1980s, when ladies wore
shoulder pads and IBM 80-column punched cards were in
high fashion, everybody in our research team had heard of
Jim Bezdek. We were bewitched by fuzzy-pattern recognition, and Jim-the author of the famous book Pattern
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[1]-was our hero, alongside Lotfi Zadeh.
Years later, in 1993, I had the good fortune to attend one
of Jim's plenary talks at a conference in Aachen, Germany.
He walked in wearing the most colorful Hawaiian shirt,
blue shorts, a baseball cap, and a smile brighter than Florida sunshine. His talk was magic. In 1996-1997, thanks to a
generous grant from the National Science Foundation's
Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering (COBASE)
program, I spent six months in Pensacola, Florida, working with him. I treasure that time as the most valuable and
enlightening experience of my career.
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