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Digital Object Identifier (DOI) : 10.14569/IJACSA.2014.051212
Article Published in International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA), Volume 5 Issue 12, 2014.
Abstract: Classification is one of the most frequently encountered problems in data mining. A classification problem occurs when an object needs to be assigned in predefined classes based on a number of observed attributes related to that object. Neural networks have emerged as one of the tools that can handle the classification problem. Feed-forward Neural Networks (FNN's) have been widely applied in many different fields as a classification tool. Designing an efficient FNN structure with optimum number of hidden layers and minimum number of layer's neurons, given a specific application or dataset, is an open research problem. In this paper, experimental work is carried out to determine an efficient FNN structure, that is, a structure with the minimum number of hidden layer's neurons for classifying the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Dataset. We achieve this by measuring the classification performance using the Mean Square Error (MSE) and controlling the number of hidden layers, and the number of neurons in each layer. The experimental results show that the number of hidden layers has a significant effect on the classification performance and the best classification performance average is attained when the number of layers is 5, and number of hidden layer's neurons are small, typically 1 or 2.
Ahmed Khalid and Noureldien A. Noureldien, “Determining the Efficient Structure of Feed-Forward Neural Network to Classify Breast Cancer Dataset” International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA), 5(12), 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.14569/IJACSA.2014.051212