Neural Computing and Applications

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 1041–1060 | Cite as

Assessing the performance of a modified S-transform with probabilistic neural network, support vector machine and nearest neighbour classifiers for single and multiple power quality disturbances identification

  • Heman ShamachurnEmail author
Original Article


This paper presents a substantial assessment between a modified S-transform (MST) and the original S-transform (OST) for the identification of single and multiple power quality disturbances using probabilistic neural network, Gaussian support vector machines (SVM) and k-nearest neighbours (KNN). Disturbances are modelled using mathematical equations, and simulations are performed in MATLAB. Results show that compared to OST, MST can extract more accurate magnitude information from signals, with a better time resolution, both under noisy and noiseless conditions. The classification results based on four extracted features, three classifiers and five combinations of disturbances confirm that the performance of MST is better than OST in both the presence and absence of noise. SVM tends to have better classification accuracies under severe noise conditions, whereas KNN has a better performance under low noise and noiseless conditions. In this work, a first attempt was made to identify thirty-four types of single and multiple disturbances, and good classification accuracies were obtained. The results also depict that the identification accuracy is highly dependent on the combination of disturbances, thereby showing that no single feature set is suitable for all possible combinations of disturbances. Eventually, similar conclusions were drawn when the single disturbances were generated using the WSCC 9-bus test system.


Modified S-transform Original S-transform Power quality disturbances Support vector machines k-Nearest neighbours Probabilistic neural network 



This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of MauritiusReduitMauritius

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