Fractal Neural Network Feature Selector for Automatic Pattern Recognition System


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E82-A   No.9   pp.1845-1850
Publication Date: 1999/09/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications)
automatic pattern recognition,  feature selection,  artificial neural network,  fractal neural network,  fractal dimension,  

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Feature selection is an integral part of any pattern recognition system. Removal of redundant features improves the efficiency of a classifier as well as cut down the cost of future feature extraction. Recently neural network classifiers have become extremely popular compared to their counterparts from statistical theory. Some works on the use of artificial neural network as a feature selector have already been reported. In this work a simple feature selection algorithm has been proposed in which a fractal neural network, a modified version of multilayer perceptron, has been used as a feature selector. Experiments have been done with IRIS and SONAR data set by simulation. Results suggest that the algorithm with the fractal network architecture works well for removal of redundant informations as tested by classification rate. The fractal neural network takes lesser training time than the conventional multilayer perceptron for its lower connectivity while its performance is comparable to the multilayer perceptron. The ease of hardware implementation is also an attractive point in designing feature selector with fractal neural network.