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A new multilayer feedforward network based on trimmed mean neuron model

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Neural Network World
Issue number6
Volume25
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)587-602
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The multilayer perceptron model has been suggested as an alternative to conventional approaches, and can accurately forecast time series. Additionally, several novel artificial neural network models have been proposed as alternatives to the multilayer perceptron model, which have used (for example) the generalized- mean, geometric mean, and multiplicative neuron models. Although all of these artificial neural network models can produce successful forecasts, their aggregation functions mean that they are negatively affected by outliers. In this study, we propose a new multilayer, feed forward neural network model, which is a robust model that uses the trimmed mean neuron model. Its aggregation function does not depend on outliers. We trained this multilayer, feed forward neural network using modified particle swarm optimization. We applied the proposed method to three well-known time series, and our results suggest that it produces superior forecasts when compared with similar methods.