Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Algorithms

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 417–445

Ensemble Learning Using Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms



Multi-objective evolutionary algorithms for the construction of neural ensembles is a relatively new area of research. We recently proposed an ensemble learning algorithm called DIVACE (DIVerse and ACcurate Ensemble learning algorithm). It was shown that DIVACE tries to find an optimal trade-off between diversity and accuracy as it searches for an ensemble for some particular pattern recognition task by treating these two objectives explicitly separately. A detailed discussion of DIVACE together with further experimental studies form the essence of this paper. A new diversity measure which we call Pairwise Failure Crediting (PFC) is proposed. This measure forms one of the two evolutionary pressures being exerted explicitly in DIVACE. Experiments with this diversity measure as well as comparisons with previously studied approaches are hence considered. Detailed analysis of the results show that DIVACE, as a concept, has promise.

Mathematical Subject Classification (2000)

68T05 68Q32 68Q10 

Key words

ensemble learning diversity multi-objective learning neural networks neuroevolution 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and Applications (CERCIA), School of Computer ScienceThe University of BirminghamEdgbastonUK

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