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A New Data Mining Scheme Using Artificial Neural Networks
Department of Electronics Engineering, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 89 Wangsan-ri, Mohyeon-myon, Yongin-si, Kyonggi-do, 449-791, Korea
Department of Digital Information Engineering, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 89 Wangsan-ri, Mohyeon-myon, Yongin-si, Kyonggi-do, 449-791, Korea
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Received: 11 February 2011; in revised form: 11 April 2011 / Accepted: 14 April 2011 / Published: 28 April 2011
Abstract: Classification is one of the data mining problems receiving enormous attention in the database community. Although artificial neural networks (ANNs) have been successfully applied in a wide range of machine learning applications, they are however often regarded as black boxes, i.e., their predictions cannot be explained. To enhance the explanation of ANNs, a novel algorithm to extract symbolic rules from ANNs has been proposed in this paper. ANN methods have not been effectively utilized for data mining tasks because how the classifications were made is not explicitly stated as symbolic rules that are suitable for verification or interpretation by human experts. With the proposed approach, concise symbolic rules with high accuracy, that are easily explainable, can be extracted from the trained ANNs. Extracted rules are comparable with other methods in terms of number of rules, average number of conditions for a rule, and the accuracy. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is clearly demonstrated by the experimental results on a set of benchmark data mining classification problems.
Keywords: data mining; neural networks; symbolic rules; weight freezing; constructive algorithm; pruning; clustering; rule extraction; symbolic rules
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Kamruzzaman, S.M.; Sarkar, A.M.J. A New Data Mining Scheme Using Artificial Neural Networks. Sensors 2011, 11, 4622-4647.
Kamruzzaman SM, Sarkar AMJ. A New Data Mining Scheme Using Artificial Neural Networks. Sensors. 2011; 11(5):4622-4647.
Kamruzzaman, S. M.; Sarkar, A. M. Jehad. 2011. "A New Data Mining Scheme Using Artificial Neural Networks." Sensors 11, no. 5: 4622-4647.