An Improved Self-Structuring Neural Network

Rami M. Mohammad, Fadi Thabtah, Lee McCluskey

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Creating a neural network based classification model is traditionally accomplished using the trial and error technique. However, the trial and error structuring method nornally suffers from several difficulties including overtraining. In this article, a new algorithm that simplifies structuring neural network classification models has been proposed. It aims at creating a large structure to derive classifiers from the training dataset that have generally good predictive accuracy performance on domain applications. The proposed algorithm tunes crucial NN model thresholds during the training phase in order to cope with dynamic behavior of the learning process. This indeed may reduce the chance of overfitting the training dataset or early convergence of the model. Several experiments using our algorithm as well as other classification algorithms, have been conducted against a number of datasets from University of California Irvine (UCI) repository. The experiments’ are performed to assess the pros and cons of our proposed NN method. The derived results show that our algorithm outperformed the compared classification algorithms with respect to several performance measures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends and Applications in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Subtitle of host publicationPAKDD 2016 Workshops, BDM, MLSDA, PACC, WDMBF, Auckland, New Zealand, April 19, 2016, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsHuiping Cao, Jinyan Li, Ruili Wang
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319429960
ISBN (Print)9783319429953
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016
Event20th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 19 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
Conference number: 20 (Link to Conference Website)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Abbreviated titlePAKDD 2016
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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