"Process Safety Enhancements of Data-Driven Evolving Fuzzy Models"
: Awarded as Best Paper at the Symposium on Evolving Fuzzy Systems 2006 (EFS 06), Seite(n) 42-48, 2006
Process Safety Enhancements of Data-Driven Evolving Fuzzy Models
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Awarded as Best Paper at the Symposium on Evolving Fuzzy Systems 2006 (EFS 06)
In this paper several improvements towards a safer processing of incremental learning techniques
for fuzzy models are demonstrated.
The first group of improvements include stability issues for making the evolving scheme more robust against
faults, steady state situations and extrapolation occurrence. In the case of steady states or constant system
behaviors a concept of overcoming the so-called 'unlearning' effect is proposed by which the forgetting of
previously learned relationships can be prevented.
A discussion on the convergence of the incremental learning scheme to the optimum in the least squares sense
is included as well. The concepts regarding fault omittance are demonstrated, as usually
faults in the training data lead to problems in learning underlying
dependencies. An improvement of extrapolation behavior in the case of fuzzy
models when using fuzzy sets with infinite support is also highlighted.
The second group of improvements deals with interpretability and quality aspects of the models obtained during the
An online strategy for obtaining better interpretable models is presented. This strategy is
feasible for online monitoring tasks, as it can be applied after each incremental learning step,
that is without using prior data. Interpretability is important, whenever the model itself or the model decisions
should be linguistically understandable.
The quality aspects include an online calculation of local error bars for Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy models, which can be seen
as a kind of confidence intervals. In this sense, the error bars can be exploited in order to give feedback to
the operator, regarding fuzzy model reliability and prediction quality.
Evaluation results based on experimental results are included, showing clearly the impact on
the improvement of robustness of the learning procedure.