Neuro-fuzzy networks have been successfully applied to extract knowledge from data in the form of fuzzy rules. However, one drawback with the neuro-fuzzy approach is that the fuzzy rules induced by the learning process are not necessarily understandable. The lack of readability is essentially due to the high dimensionality of the parameter space that leads to excessive flexibility in the modification of parameters during learning. In this paper, to obtain readable knowledge from data, we propose a new neuro-fuzzy model and its learning algorithm that works in a parameter space with reduced dimensionality. The dimensionality of the new parameter space is necessary and sufficient to generate human-understandable fuzzy rules, in the sense formally defined by a set of properties. The learning procedure is based on a gradient descent technique and the proposed model is general enough to be applied to other neuro-fuzzy architectures. Simulation studies on a benchmark and a real-life problem are carried out to embody the idea of the paper.

A neuro-fuzzy network to generate human-understandable knowledge from data

CASTELLANO, GIOVANNA;FANELLI, Anna Maria;MENCAR, CORRADO
2002

Abstract

Neuro-fuzzy networks have been successfully applied to extract knowledge from data in the form of fuzzy rules. However, one drawback with the neuro-fuzzy approach is that the fuzzy rules induced by the learning process are not necessarily understandable. The lack of readability is essentially due to the high dimensionality of the parameter space that leads to excessive flexibility in the modification of parameters during learning. In this paper, to obtain readable knowledge from data, we propose a new neuro-fuzzy model and its learning algorithm that works in a parameter space with reduced dimensionality. The dimensionality of the new parameter space is necessary and sufficient to generate human-understandable fuzzy rules, in the sense formally defined by a set of properties. The learning procedure is based on a gradient descent technique and the proposed model is general enough to be applied to other neuro-fuzzy architectures. Simulation studies on a benchmark and a real-life problem are carried out to embody the idea of the paper.
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