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ERIC Number: ED518411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 89
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-4797-0
Competitive Learning Neural Network Ensemble Weighted by Predicted Performance
Ye, Qiang
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
Ensemble approaches have been shown to enhance classification by combining the outputs from a set of voting classifiers. Diversity in error patterns among base classifiers promotes ensemble performance. Multi-task learning is an important characteristic for Neural Network classifiers. Introducing a secondary output unit that receives different training signals for base networks in an ensemble can effectively promote diversity and improve ensemble performance. Here a Competitive Learning Neural Network Ensemble is proposed where a secondary output unit predicts the classification performance of the primary output unit in each base network. The networks compete with each other on the basis of classification performance and partition the stimulus space. The secondary units adaptively receive different training signals depending on the competition. As the result, each base network develops "preference" over different regions of the stimulus space as indicated by their secondary unit outputs. To form an ensemble decision, all base networks' primary unit outputs are combined and weighted according to the secondary unit outputs. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is demonstrated with the experiments on one real-world and four artificial classification problems. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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