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On improvement of classification accuracy for stochastic discrimination

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2 Author(s)
Ning Zong ; Dept. of Cybern., Reading Univ., UK ; Xia Hong

Stochastic discrimination (SD) depends on a discriminant function for classification. An improved SD is introduced to reduce the error rate of the standard SD in the context of a two-class classification problem. The learning procedure of the improved SD consists of two stages. Initially a standard SD, but with shorter learning period is carried out to identify an important space where all the misclassified samples are located. Then the standard SD is modified by 1) restricting sampling in the important space, and 2) introducing a new discriminant function for samples in the important space. It is shown by mathematical derivation that the new discriminant function has the same mean, but with a smaller variance than that of the standard SD for samples in the important space. It is also analyzed that the smaller the variance of the discriminant function, the lower the error rate of the classifier. Consequently, the proposed improved SD improves standard SD by its capability of achieving higher classification accuracy. Illustrative examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed improved SD.

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Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 1 )