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A Hybrid Evolutionary Functional Link Artificial Neural Network for Data Mining and Classification

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Executive Summary

This paper presents a specific structure of neural network as the Functional Link Artificial Neural Network (FLANN). This technique has been employed for classification tasks of data mining. In fact, there are a few studies that used this tool for solving classification problems. In this paper, the authors propose a hybrid FLANN (HFLANN) model, where the optimization process is performed using 3 known population based techniques such as genetic algorithms, particle swarm and differential evolution. This model will be empirically compared to FLANN based back-propagation algorithm and to others classifiers as decision tree, multilayer perceptron based back-propagation algorithm, radical basic function, support vector machine, and K-nearest Neighbor.

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