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Title: Intelligent data mining using artificial neural networks and genetic algorithms : techniques and applications
Author: Yang, Jianhua
ISNI:       0000 0004 2694 6048
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2010
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Data Mining (DM) refers to the analysis of observational datasets to find relationships and to summarize the data in ways that are both understandable and useful. Many DM techniques exist. Compared with other DM techniques, Intelligent Systems (ISs) based approaches, which include Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), fuzzy set theory, approximate reasoning, and derivative-free optimization methods such as Genetic Algorithms (GAs), are tolerant of imprecision, uncertainty, partial truth, and approximation. They provide flexible information processing capability for handling real-life situations. This thesis is concerned with the ideas behind design, implementation, testing and application of a novel ISs based DM technique. The unique contribution of this thesis is in the implementation of a hybrid IS DM technique (Genetic Neural Mathematical Method, GNMM) for solving novel practical problems, the detailed description of this technique, and the illustrations of several applications solved by this novel technique. GNMM consists of three steps: (1) GA-based input variable selection, (2) Multi- Layer Perceptron (MLP) modelling, and (3) mathematical programming based rule extraction. In the first step, GAs are used to evolve an optimal set of MLP inputs. An adaptive method based on the average fitness of successive generations is used to adjust the mutation rate, and hence the exploration/exploitation balance. In addition, GNMM uses the elite group and appearance percentage to minimize the randomness associated with GAs. In the second step, MLP modelling serves as the core DM engine in performing classification/prediction tasks. An Independent Component Analysis (ICA) based weight initialization algorithm is used to determine optimal weights before the commencement of training algorithms. The Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) algorithm is used to achieve a second-order speedup compared to conventional Back-Propagation (BP) training. In the third step, mathematical programming based rule extraction is not only used to identify the premises of multivariate polynomial rules, but also to explore features from the extracted rules based on data samples associated with each rule. Therefore, the methodology can provide regression rules and features not only in the polyhedrons with data instances, but also in the polyhedrons without data instances. A total of six datasets from environmental and medical disciplines were used as case study applications. These datasets involve the prediction of longitudinal dispersion coefficient, classification of electrocorticography (ECoG)/Electroencephalogram (EEG) data, eye bacteria Multisensor Data Fusion (MDF), and diabetes classification (denoted by Data I through to Data VI). GNMM was applied to all these six datasets to explore its effectiveness, but the emphasis is different for different datasets. For example, the emphasis of Data I and II was to give a detailed illustration of how GNMM works; Data III and IV aimed to show how to deal with difficult classification problems; the aim of Data V was to illustrate the averaging effect of GNMM; and finally Data VI was concerned with the GA parameter selection and benchmarking GNMM with other IS DM techniques such as Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS), Evolving Fuzzy Neural Network (EFuNN), Fuzzy ARTMAP, and Cartesian Genetic Programming (CGP). In addition, datasets obtained from published works (i.e. Data II & III) or public domains (i.e. Data VI) where previous results were present in the literature were also used to benchmark GNMM’s effectiveness. As a closely integrated system GNMM has the merit that it needs little human interaction. With some predefined parameters, such as GA’s crossover probability and the shape of ANNs’ activation functions, GNMM is able to process raw data until some human-interpretable rules being extracted. This is an important feature in terms of practice as quite often users of a DM system have little or no need to fully understand the internal components of such a system. Through case study applications, it has been shown that the GA-based variable selection stage is capable of: filtering out irrelevant and noisy variables, improving the accuracy of the model; making the ANN structure less complex and easier to understand; and reducing the computational complexity and memory requirements. Furthermore, rule extraction ensures that the MLP training results are easily understandable and transferrable.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Warwick ; Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QA Mathematics