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Improved Water Level Forecasting Performance by Using Optimal Steepness Coefficients in an Artificial Neural Network

Muhammad @ S A Khushren, Sulaiman and Ahmed, El-Shafie and Othman, Karim and Hassan, Basri (2011) Improved Water Level Forecasting Performance by Using Optimal Steepness Coefficients in an Artificial Neural Network. Water Resources Management, 25 (10). pp. 2525-2541. ISSN 0920-4741 (print); 1573-1650 (online)

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Developing water level forecasting models is essential in water resources management and flood prediction. Accurate water level forecasting helps achieve efficient and optimum use of water resources and minimize flooding damages. The artificial neural network (ANN) is a computing model that has been successfully tested in many forecasting studies, including river flow. Improving the ANN computational approach could help produce accurate forecasting results. Most studies conducted to date have used a sigmoid function in a multi-layer perceptron neural network as the basis of the ANN; however, they have not considered the effect of sigmoid steepness on the forecasting results. In this study, the effectiveness of the steepness coefficient (SC) in the sigmoid function of an ANN model designed to testthe accuracyof1-day water levelforecastswasinvestigated. The performanceof data training and data validation were evaluated using the statistical index efficiency coefficient and root mean square error. The weight initialization was fixed at 0.5 in the ANN so that even comparisons could be made between models. Three hundred rounds of data training were conducted using five ANN architectures, six datasets and 10 steepness coefficients. The results showed that the optimal SC improved the forecasting accuracy of the ANN data training and data validation when compared with the standard SC. Importantly, the performance of ANN data training improved significantly with utilization of the optimal SC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artificial neural networks·Sigmoid function·Steepness coefficient· Water level forecasting
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Civil Engineering & Earth Resources
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Safwan Rizal Saripudin
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 01:28
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 06:28
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