A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

A new fuzzy k-nearest neighbor classifier based on the Bonferroni mean

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Publication Details
Authors: Mailagaha Kumbure Mahinda, Luukka Pasi, Collan Mikael
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Pattern Recognition Letters
Volume number: 140
Start page: 172
End page: 178
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 0167-8655
eISSN: 1872-7344
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2020101984357


We present a new generalized version of the fuzzy k -nearest neighbor (FKNN) classifier that uses local mean vectors and utilizes the Bonferroni mean. We call the proposed new method Bonferroni-mean based fuzzy k-nearest neighbor (BM-FKNN) classifier. The BM-FKNN classifier can be easily fitted for various contexts and applications, because the parametric Bonferroni mean allows for problem-based parameter value fitting. The BM-FKNN classifier can perform well also in situations where clear imbalances in class distributions of data are found. The performance of the proposed classifier is tested with six real-world data sets and with one artificial data set. The results are benchmarked with classification results obtained with the classical k -nearest neighbor-, the local mean-based k -nearest neighbor-, the fuzzy k - nearest neighbor- and other three selected classifiers. In addition to this, an enhancement of the local mean-based k -nearest neighbor classifier by using the Bonferroni means is also proposed and tested. The results show that the proposed new BM-FKNN classifier has the potential to outperform the benchmarks in classification accuracy and confirm the usefulness of using the Bonferroni mean in the learning part of classifiers.

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