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Statistical tools to assess the reliability of self-organizing maps

Abstract : Results of neural network learning are always subject to some variability, due to the sensitivity to initial conditions, to convergence to local minima, and, sometimes more dramatically, to sampling variability. This paper presents a set of tools designed to assess the reliability of the results of Self-Organizing Maps (SOM), i.e. to test on a statistical basis the confidence we can have on the result of a specific SOM. The tools concern the quantization error in a SOM, and the neighborhood relations (both at the level of a specific pair of observations and globally on the map). As a by-product, these measures also allow to assess the adequacy of the number of units chosen in a map. The tools may also be used to measure objectively how the SOM are less sensitive to non-linear optimization problems (local minima, convergence, etc.) than other neural network models.
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Eric de Bodt, Marie Cottrell, Michel Verleysen. Statistical tools to assess the reliability of self-organizing maps. Neural Networks, 2002, 15, n° 8-9, pp.967-978. ⟨hal-00122768⟩



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