Information Fusion and Geographic Information Systems

Part of the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography pp 19-36


Application of Self-Organizing Maps to the Maritime Environment

  • Victor J. A. S. LoboAffiliated withPortuguese Naval Academy, Alfeite Email author 

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Self-Organizing Maps (SOMs), or Kohonen networks, are widely used neural network architecture. This paper starts with a brief overview of how SOMs can be used in different types of problems. A simple and intuitive explanation of how a SOM is trained is provided, together with a formal explanation of the algorithm, and some of the more important parameters are discussed. Finally, an overview of different applications of SOMs in maritime problems is presented.


Self-organizing maps SOM Kohonen networks