This paper proposes a novel algorithm to jointly determine the structure and the parameters of a posteriori probability model based on neural networks (NNs). It makes use of well-known ideas of pruning, splitting, and merging neural components and takes advantage of the probabilistic interpretation of these components. The algorithm, so called a posteriori probability model selection (PPMS), is applied to an NN architecture called the generalized softmax perceptron (GSP) whose outputs can be understood as probabilities although results shown can be extended to more general network architectures. Learning rules are derived from the application of the expectation-maximization algorithm to the GSP-PPMS structure. Simulation results show the advantages of the proposed algorithm with respect to other schemes. {\^A}{\textcopyright} 2005 IEEE.

}, keywords = {algorithm, Algorithms, article, artificial neural network, Automated, automated pattern recognition, Biological, biological model, Breast Neoplasms, breast tumor, classification, cluster analysis, computer analysis, Computer-Assisted, computer assisted diagnosis, Computer simulation, Computing Methodologies, decision support system, Decision Support Techniques, Diagnosis, Estimation, evaluation, Expectation-maximization, Generalized Softmax Perceptron (GSP), human, Humans, mathematical computing, Mathematical models, methodology, Models, Model selection, Neural networks, Neural Networks (Computer), Numerical Analysis, Objective function, Pattern recognition, Posterior probability, Probability, Statistical, statistical model, statistics, Stochastic Processes}, issn = {10459227}, doi = {10.1109/TNN.2005.849826}, url = {http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-23044459586\&partnerID=40\&md5=f00e7d86a625cfc466373a2a938276d0}, author = {Juan I. Arribas and Jes{\'u}s Cid-Sueiro} } @conference {413, title = {Fusing Output Information in Neural Networks: Ensemble Performs Better}, booktitle = {Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings}, year = {2003}, address = {Cancun}, abstract = {A neural network ensemble is a learning paradigm where a finite number of component neural networks are trained for the same task. Previous research suggests that an ensemble as a whole is often more accurate than any of the single component networks. This paper focuses on the advantages of fusing different nature network architectures, and to determine the appropriate information fusion algorithm in component neural networks by several approaches within hard decision classifiers, when solving a binary pattern recognition problem. We numerically simulated and compared the different fusion approaches in terms of the mean-square error rate in testing data set, over synthetically generated binary Gaussian noisy data, and stated the advantages of fusing the hard outputs of different component networks to make a final hard decision classification. The results of the experiments indicate that neural network ensembles can indeed improve the overall accuracy for classification problems; in all fusion architectures tested, the ensemble correct classification rates are better than those achieved by the individual component networks. Finally we are nowadays comparing the above mentioned hard decision classifiers with new soft decision classifier architectures that make use of the additional continuous type intermediate network soft outputs, fulfilling probability fundamental laws (positive, and add to unity), which can be understood as the a posteriori probabilities of a given pattern to belong to a certain class.

}, keywords = {Algorithms, Backpropagation, Classification (of information), Computer simulation, Decision making, Estimation, Gaussian noise (electronic), Information fusions, Mathematical models, Medical imaging, Model selection, Multilayer neural networks, Neural network ensembles, Pattern recognition, Probability, Probability estimation, Problem solving, Regularization, Statistical methods, Statistical pattern recognition, Vectors}, url = {http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-1542301061\&partnerID=40\&md5=32dbadb3b6ac3c6ae1ea33d89b52c75f}, author = {Y Wu and Juan I. Arribas} } @conference {412, title = {Estimates of constrained multi-class a posteriori probabilities in time series problems with neural networks}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks}, year = {1999}, publisher = {IEEE, United States}, organization = {IEEE, United States}, address = {Washington, DC, USA}, abstract = {In time series problems, where time ordering is a crucial issue, the use of Partial Likelihood Estimation (PLE) represents a specially suitable method for the estimation of parameters in the model. We propose a new general supervised neural network algorithm, Joint Network and Data Density Estimation (JNDDE), that employs PLE to approximate conditional probability density functions for multi-class classification problems. The logistic regression analysis is generalized to multiple class problems with softmax regression neural network used to model the a-posteriori probabilities such that they are approximated by the network outputs. Constraints to the network architecture, as well as to the model of data, are imposed, resulting in both a flexible network architecture and distribution modeling. We consider application of JNDDE to channel equalization and present simulation results.

}, keywords = {Approximation theory, Computer simulation, Constraint theory, Data structures, Joint network-data density estimation (JNDDE), Mathematical models, Multi-class a posteriori probabilities, Neural networks, Partial likelihood estimation (PLE), Probability density function, Regression analysis}, url = {http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0033325263\&partnerID=40\&md5=8c6134020b0b2a9c5ab05b131c070b88}, author = {Juan I. Arribas and Jes{\'u}s Cid-Sueiro and T Adali and H Ni and B Wang and A R Figueiras-Vidal} }