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Using the genetic algorithm to build optimal neural networks for fault-prone module detection

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4 Author(s)
Hochman, R. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Florida Atlantic Univ., Boca Raton, FL, USA ; Khoshgoftaar, T.M. ; Allen, E.B. ; Hudepohl, J.P.

The genetic algorithm is applied to developing optimal or near optimal backpropagation neural networks for fault-prone/not-fault-prone classification of software modules. The algorithm considers each network in a population of neural networks as a potential solution to the optimal classification problem. Variables governing the learning and other parameters and network architecture are represented as substrings (genes) in a machine-level bit string (chromosome). When the population undergoes simulated evolution using genetic operators-selection based on a fitness function, crossover, and mutation-the average performance increases in successive generations. We found that, on the same data, compared with the best manually developed networks, evolved networks produced improved classifications in considerably less time, with no human effort, and with greater confidence in their optimality or near optimality. Strategies for devising a fitness function specific to the problem are explored and discussed

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Software Reliability Engineering, 1996. Proceedings., Seventh International Symposium on

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30 Oct-2 Nov 1996

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