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Title: The specification, analysis and metrics of supervised feedforward artificial neural networks for applied science and engineering applications
Author: Leung, Wing Kai.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3608 5542
Awarding Body: University of Central England in Birmingham
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2002
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Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) have been developed for many applications but no detailed study has been made in the measure of their quality such as efficiency and complexity using appropriate metrics. Without an appropriate measurement, it is difficult to tell how an ANN performs on given applications. In addition, it is difficult to provide a measure of the algorithmic complexity of any given application. Further, it is difficult to make use of the results obtained in an application to predict the ANN's quality in a similar application. This research was undertaken to develop metrics, named Neural Metrics, that can be used in the measurement, construction and specification of backpropagation based supervised feedforward ANNs for applied science and engineering applications. A detailed analysis of backpropagation was carried out with a view to studying the mathematical definitions of the proposed metrics. Variants of backpropagation using various optimisation techniques were evaluated with similar computational and metric analysis. The research involved the evaluation of the proposed set of neural metrics using the computer implementation of training algorithms across a number of scientific and engineering benchmark problems including binary and real type training data. The result of the evaluation, for each type of problem, was a specification of values for all neural metrics and network parameters that can be used to successfully solve the same type of problem. With such a specification, neural users can reduce the uncertainty and hence time in choosing the appropriate network details for solving the same type of problem. It is also possible to use the specified neural metric values as reference points to further the experiments with a view to obtaining a better or sub-optimal solution for the problem. In addition, the generalised results obtained in this study provide users not only with a better understanding of the algorithmic complexity of the problem but also with a useful guideline on predicting the values of metrics that are normally determined empirically. It must be emphasised that this study only considers metrics for assessment of construction and off-line training of neural networks. The operational performance (e.g. on-line deployment of the trained networks) is outside the scope. Operational results (e.g. CPU time and run time errors) on training the networks off-line were obtained and discussed for each type of application problem.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Artificial intelligence