JACIII Vol.11 No.6 pp. 593-599
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2007.p0593


An Optimal Design Method for Artificial Neural Networks by Using the Design of Experiments

Eiichi Inohira and Hirokazu Yokoi

Department of Biological Functions and Engineering, Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 2-4 Hibikino, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 808-0196, Japan

January 16, 2007
March 20, 2007
July 20, 2007
artificial neural network, optimal design, design of experiments, statistical analysis, multilayer neural network

This paper presents a method to optimally design artificial neural networks with many design parameters using the Design of Experiment (DOE), whose features are efficient experiments using an orthogonal array and quantitative analysis by analysis of variance. Neural networks can approximate arbitrary nonlinear functions. The accuracy of a trained neural network at a certain number of learning cycles depends on both weights and biases and its structure and learning rate. Design methods such as trial-and-error, brute-force approaches, network construction, and pruning, cannot deal with many design parameters such as the number of elements in a layer and a learning rate. Our design method realizes efficient optimization using DOE, and obtains confidence of optimal design through statistical analysis even though trained neural networks very due to randomness in initial weights. We apply our design method three-layer and five-layer feedforward neural networks in a preliminary study and show that approximation accuracy of multilayer neural networks is increased by picking up many more parameters.

Cite this article as:
Eiichi Inohira and Hirokazu Yokoi, “An Optimal Design Method for Artificial Neural Networks by Using the Design of Experiments,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.11, No.6, pp. 593-599, 2007.
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