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Prediction of Marine Pycnocline Based on Kernel Support Vector Machine and Convex Optimization Technology

School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Tianjin 300072, China
Department of Electrical, Computer, Software and Systems Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA
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Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1562;
Received: 26 January 2019 / Revised: 26 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 31 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Ocean: Emerging Research Advances, Prospects and Challenges)
With the explosive growth of ocean data, it is of great significance to use ocean observation data to analyze ocean pycnocline data in military field. However, due to natural factors, most of the time the ocean hydrological data is not complete. In this case, predicting the ocean hydrological data by partial data has become a hot spot in marine science. In this paper, based on the traditional statistical analysis literature, we propose a machine-learning ocean hydrological data processing process under big data. At the same time, based on the traditional pycnocline gradient determination method, the open Argo data set is analyzed, and the local characteristics of pycnocline are verified from several aspects combined with the current research about pycnocline. Most importantly, in this paper, the combination of kernel function and support vector machine(SVM) is extended to nonlinear learning by using the idea of machine learning and convex optimization technology. Based on this, the known pycnocline training set is trained, and an accurate model is obtained to predict the pycnocline in unknown domains. In the specific steps, this paper combines the classification problem with the regression problem, and determines the proportion of training set and test formula set by polynomial regression. Subsequently, the feature scaling of the input data accelerated the gradient convergence, and a grid search algorithm with variable step size was proposed to determine the super parameter c and gamma of the SVM model. The prediction results not only used the confusion matrix to analyze the accuracy of GridSearch-SVM with variable step size, but also compared the traditional SVM and the similar algorithm. At the end of the experiment, two features which have the greatest influence on the Marine density thermocline are found out by the feature ranking algorithm based on learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: pycnocline; kernel support vector machine; machine learning; classification; prediction pycnocline; kernel support vector machine; machine learning; classification; prediction
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Yang, J.; Liu, L.; Zhang, L.; Li, G.; Sun, Z.; Song, H. Prediction of Marine Pycnocline Based on Kernel Support Vector Machine and Convex Optimization Technology. Sensors 2019, 19, 1562.

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