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Paper   IPM / Cognitive Sciences / 12017
School of Cognitive Sciences
  Title:   Combination of multiple diverse classifiers using belief functions for handling data with imperfect labels
1.  Mahdi Tabassian
2.  Reza Ghaderi
3.  Reza Ebrahimpour
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Expert Systems with Applications
  Vol.:  39
  Year:  2012
  Pages:   1698-1707
  Supported by:  IPM
This paper addresses the supervised learning in which the class memberships of training data are subject to ambiguity. This problem is tackled in the ensemble learning and the Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence frameworks. The initial labels of the training data are ignored and by utilizing the main classes? prototypes, each training pattern is reassigned to one class or a subset of the main classes based on the level of ambiguity concerning its class label. Multilayer perceptron neural network is employed to learn the characteristics of the data with new labels and for a given test pattern its outputs are considered as basic belief assignment. Experiments with artificial and real data demonstrate that taking into account the ambiguity in labels of the learning data can provide better classification results than single and ensemble classifiers that solve the classification problem using data with initial imperfect labels.

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