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In this paper we prove that Neutrosophic Set (NS) is an extension of Intuitionistic Fuzzy Set (IFS) no matter if the sum of single-valued neutrosophic components is < 1, or > 1, or = 1. For the case when the sum of components is 1 (as in IFS), after applying the neutrosophic aggregation operators one gets a different result from that of applying the intuitionistic fuzzy operators, since the intuitionistic fuzzy operators ignore the indeterminacy, while the neutrosophic aggregation operators take into consideration the indeterminacy at the same level as truth-membership and falsehood-nonmembership are taken. NS is also more flexible and effective because it handles, besides independent components, also partially independent and partially dependent components, while IFS cannot deal with these. Since there are many types of indeterminacies in our world, we can construct different approaches to various neutrosophic concepts.

Neutrosophic Set (NS) is also a generalization of Inconsistent Intuitionistic Fuzzy Set (IIFS) { which is equivalent to the Picture Fuzzy Set (PFS) and Ternary Fuzzy Set (TFS) }, Pythagorean Fuzzy Set (PyFS), Spherical Fuzzy Set (SFS), n-HyperSpherical Fuzzy Set (n-HSFS), and q-Rung Orthopair Fuzzy Set (q-ROFS). And all these sets are more general than Intuitionistic Fuzzy Set.

We prove that Atanassov’s Intuitionistic Fuzzy Set of second type (IFS2), and Spherical Fuzzy Sets (SFS) do not have independent components. And we show that n-HyperSphericalFuzzy Set that we now introduce for the first time, Spherical Neutrosophic Set (SNS) and n-HyperSpherical Neutrosophic Set (n-HSNS) {the last one also introduced now for the first time} are generalizations of IFS2 and SFS. The main distinction between Neutrosophic Set (NS) and all previous set theories are: a) the independence of all three neutrosophic components {truth-membership (T), indeterminacy-membership (I), falsehood-nonmembership (F)} with respect to each other in NS – while in the previous set theories their components are dependent of each other; and b) the importance of indeterminacy in NS - while in previous set theories indeterminacy is completely or partially ignored.

Also, Regret Theory, Grey System Theory, and Three-Ways Decision are particular cases of Neutrosophication and of Neutrosophic Probability. We have extended the Three-Ways Decision to n-Ways Decision.

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Journal of New Theory

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Neutrosophic Set, Intuitionistic Fuzzy Set, Inconsistent Intuitionistic Fuzzy Set, Picture Fuzzy Set, Ternary Fuzzy Set, Pythagorean Fuzzy Set, Atanassov’s Intuitionistic Fuzzy Set of second type, Spherical Fuzzy Set, n-HyperSpherical Neutrosophic Set, q-Rung Orthopair Fuzzy Set, truth-membership, indeterminacy-membership, falsehood-nonmembership, Regret Theory, Grey System Theory, Three-Ways Decision, n-Ways Decision, Neutrosophication, Neutrosophic Probability