Niching genetic feature selection algorithms applied to the design of fuzzy rule-based classification systems

TitleNiching genetic feature selection algorithms applied to the design of fuzzy rule-based classification systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsAguilera, José, Chica M., del Jesus M. J., and Herrera F.
Conference Name2007 IEEE International Fuzzy Systems Conference
Date PublishedJuly
KeywordsAlgorithm design and analysis, classification, data mining, Databases, description capacity, Feature extraction, feature selection algorithms, Fuzzy reasoning, fuzzy rule-based classification systems, fuzzy set theory, Fuzzy sets, Fuzzy systems, genetic algorithms, induction process, Knowledge representation, multiclassifler system, niching genetic algorithms, prediction capacity, Process design, Proposals

In the design of fuzzy rule-based classification systems (FRBCSs) a feature selection process which determines the most relevant features is a crucial component in the majority of the classification problems. This simplification process increases the efficiency of the design process, improves the interpretability of the FRBCS obtained and its generalization capacity. Most of the feature selection algorithms provide a set of variables which are adequate for the induction process according to different quality measures. Nevertheless it can be useful for the induction process to determine not only a set of variables but also different set of variables. These sets of variables can be used for the design of a set of FRBCSs which can be combined in a multiclassifler system, improving the prediction capacity increasing its description capacity. In this work, different proposals of niching genetic algorithms for the feature selection process are analyzed. The different sets of features provided by them are used in a multiclassifier system designed by means of a genetic proposal. The experimentation shows the adaptation of this type of genetic algorithms to the FRBCS design.