Visualization and learning of the Choquet integral with limited training data

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Center for Data Sciences


The fuzzy integral (FI) is a nonlinear aggregation operator whose behavior is defined by the fuzzy measure (FM). As an aggregation operator, the FI is commonly used for evidence fusion where it combines sources of information based on the worth of each subset of sources. One drawback to FI-based methods, however, is the specification of the FM. Defining the FM manually quickly becomes too tedious since the number of FM terms scales as 2n, where n is the number of sources; thus, an automatic method of defining the FM is necessary. In this paper, we review a data-driven method of learning the FM via minimizing the sum-of-squared error (SSE) in the context of decision-level fusion and propose an extension allowing knowledge of the underlying FM to be encoded in the algorithm. The algorithm is applied to real-world and toy datasets and results show that the extension can improve classification accuracy. Furthermore, we introduce a visualization strategy to simultaneously show the quantitative information in the FM as well as the FI.

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2017 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems