WRAO and OWA learning using Levenberg-Marquardt and genetic algorithms

B. S.U. Mendis, T. D. Gedeon

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    The generalized Weighted Relevance Aggregation Operator (WRAO) is a non-additive aggregation function. The Ordered Weighted Aggregation Operator (OWA) (or its generalized form: Generalized Ordered Weighted Aggregation Operator (GOWA)) is more restricted with the additivity constraint in its weights. In addition, it has an extra weights reordering step making it hard to learn automatically from data. Our intension here is to compare the efficiency (or effectiveness) of learning these two types of aggregation functions from empirical data. We employed two methods to learn WRAO and GOWA: Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) and a Genetic Algorithm (GA) based method. We use UCI (University of California Irvine) benchmark data to compare the aggregation performance of non-additive WRAO and additive GOWA. We found that the non-constrained aggregation function WRAO was learnt well automatically and produced consistent results, while GOWA was learnt less well and quite inconsistently.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-110
    Number of pages10
    JournalMemetic Computing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


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