Unsupervised feature selection using a neuro-fuzzy approach. (English) Zbl 0915.68147

Summary: A neuro-fuzzy methodology is described which involves connectionist minimization of a fuzzy feature evaluation index with unsupervised training. The concept of a flexible membership function incorporating weighed distance is introduced in the evaluation index to make the modeling of clusters more appropriate. A set of optimal weighing coefficients in terms of networks parameters representing individual feature importance is obtained through connectionist minimization. Besides, the investigation includes the development of another algorithm for ranking of different feature subsets using the aforesaid fuzzy evaluation index without neural networks. Results demonstrating the effectiveness of the algorithms for various real life data are provided.


68T10 Pattern recognition, speech recognition
68T05 Learning and adaptive systems in artificial intelligence
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