Robust data expansion for optimised modelling using adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems

Samer Mohammed Jaber Mubarak, Andrew Crampton, Jennifer Carter, Simon Parkinson

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This work focuses on the problem of constructing accurate prediction models using an adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) from data that are scarce and poorly scaled. Many real-world problems have limited data to work with and yet require models with high prediction accuracy. Due to the fuzzy nature of many data sets, it is appropriate to construct prediction models using fuzzy inference systems (FIS), rather than traditional artificial neural network (ANN) models. However, the scarcity of the data raises serious concerns when attempting to construct models of this type. In this paper, we address the problem of constructing accurate prediction models using ANFIS in circumstances where capturing large amounts of data is difficult. We propose a new approach, using robust data expansion methods to enhance the data carefully. This approach provides the learning algorithm with enough representative data to allow all of the parameters (premise and consequent) to be optimised. We compare and contrast the effectiveness in reducing prediction error for three specific expansion models using radial basis function (RBF) kernels. When expanding data, for which the underlying smoothness properties are not known, there is often a danger of over-smoothing. This is usually noticeable at turning points and can occur when fitting the data using polynomials or cubic splines for example. To avoid over-smoothing, we introduce a modified multiquadric approach that allows smooth, near-interpolation while maintaining the desirable shape-preserving properties of the data. The proposed method is explained through two case studies — the first to predict gasoline consumption for the oil/fuel industry in Iraq and the second for predicting natural gas consumption in Iran. This is the first study that uses adjustable, shape-preserving re-sampling methods for optimising ANFIS models in low data environments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number116138
Number of pages12
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Early online date30 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


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