Neural Processing Letters

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 105–124 | Cite as

Lazy Learning in Radial Basis Neural Networks: A Way of Achieving More Accurate Models

  • José M. Valls
  • Inés M. Galván
  • Pedro Isasi


Radial Basis Neural Networks have been successfully used in a large number of applications having in its rapid convergence time one of its most important advantages. However, the level of generalization is usually poor and very dependent on the quality of the training data because some of the training patterns can be redundant or irrelevant. In this paper, we present a learning method that automatically selects the training patterns more appropriate to the new sample to be approximated. This training method follows a lazy learning strategy, in the sense that it builds approximations centered around the novel sample. The proposed method has been applied to three different domains

an artificial regression problem and two time series prediction problems. Results have been compared to standard training method using the complete training data set and the new method shows better generalization abilities.

improving generalization ability kernel functions K-means algorithm lazy learning radial basis neural networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José M. Valls
    • 1
  • Inés M. Galván
    • 1
  • Pedro Isasi
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de InformáticaUniversidad Carlos III de MadridLeganésSpain

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