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Breast cancer screening using evolved neural networks

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2 Author(s)
Land, W.H. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Binghamton Univ., NY, USA ; Albertelli, L.E.

This paper is based on a modified form of Fogel's evolutionary programming approach (1994) for evolving neural networks for the detection of breast cancer using fine needle aspirate (FNA) data. The evolved architectures routinely achieved a classification accuracy of greater than 96% for both the validation and test sets. Statistical analysis of fifty-two experiments demonstrated that the type II error distributions are both smaller and “tighter” than the type I error distributions for both the validation and test sets. Specifically, the mean value of the type II errors is less than one-half the mean value of the type I errors for the validation set while the mean value of the test set type II errors is less than one-fourth the mean value of the type I errors. Finally, the evolved architectures are generally simple structures with the most complex structure containing 8 nodes in the input layer, 5 nodes in the hidden layer, and one node in the output layer {8,5,1}. The simplest architecture was a {4,2,1}

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Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 1998. 1998 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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11-14 Oct 1998