Evaluation of neural network performance and generalisation using thresholding functions

Pierce, S.G. and Worden, K. and Manson, G. (2007) Evaluation of neural network performance and generalisation using thresholding functions. Neural Computing and Applications, 16 (2). pp. 109-124. ISSN 0941-0643

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Abstract

The application of a simple thresholding technique to help assess the satisfactory performance of classification networks formed from Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP) artificial neural networks (ANNs) is discussed. Both conventional Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian Evidence based training paradigms were implemented. Firstly a simulated data set drawn from a two-dimensional Gaussian distribution was investigated to illustrate the physical significance of the threshold plots compared to the classifier output probability contours. Secondly a real world application data set comprising of low-frequency vibration measurements on an aircraft wing (a GNAT trainer) is considered. It is demonstrated that simple threshold based plots applied to classifier network outputs may provide a simple yet powerful technique to aid in the rejection of poorly regularised network structures.