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2004 | 14 | 3 | 423-440

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Evolutionary learning of rich neural networks in the Bayesian model selection framework

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In this paper we focus on the problem of using a genetic algorithm for model selection within a Bayesian framework. We propose to reduce the model selection problem to a search problem solved using evolutionary computation to explore a posterior distribution over the model space. As a case study, we introduce ELeaRNT (Evolutionary Learning of Rich Neural Network Topologies), a genetic algorithm which evolves a particular class of models, namely, Rich Neural Networks (RNN), in order to find an optimal domain-specific non-linear function approximator with a good generalization capability. In order to evolve this kind of neural networks, ELeaRNT uses a Bayesian fitness function. The experimental results prove that ELeaRNT using a Bayesian fitness function finds, in a completely automated way, networks well-matched to the analysed problem, with acceptable complexity.








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  • Department of Electronics and Information Politecnico di Milano, Piazza L. da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan, Italy
  • ALaRI (Advanced Learning and Research Institute), University of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland


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