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A Critical Review on Selected Fuzzy Min-Max Neural Networks and Their Significance and Challenges in Pattern Classification

Alhroob, Essam and Mohammed, Mohammed Falah and Lim, Chee Peng and Tao, Hai (2019) A Critical Review on Selected Fuzzy Min-Max Neural Networks and Their Significance and Challenges in Pattern Classification. IEEE Access, 7. pp. 56129-56146. ISSN 2169-3536

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At present, pattern classification is one of the most important aspects of establishing machine intelligence systems for tackling decision-making processes. The fuzzy min-max (FMM) neural network combines the operations of an artificial neural network and fuzzy set theory into a common framework. FMM is considered one of the most useful neural networks for pattern classification. This paper aims to 1) analyze the FMM neural network in terms of its impact in addressing pattern classification problems; 2) examine models that are proposed based on the original FMM model (i.e., existing FMM-based variants); 3) identify the challenges associated with FMM and its variants, and; 4) discuss future trends and make recommendations for improvement. The review is conducted based on a methodical protocol. Through a rigorous searching and filtering process, the relevant studies are extracted and comprehensively analyzed to adequately address the defined research questions. The findings indicate that FMM plays a critical role in providing solutions to pattern classification issues. The FMM model and a number of FMM-based variants are identified and systematically analyzed with respect to their aims, improvements introduced and results achieved. In addition, FMM and its variants are critically analyzed with respect to their benefits and limitations. This paper shows that the existing FMM-based variants still encounter issues in terms of the learning process (expansion, overlap test, and contraction), which influence the classification performance. Based on the review findings, research opportunities are suggested to propose a new model to enhance the number of existing FMM models, particularly in terms of their learning process by minimizing hyperbox overlap pertaining to different classes as well as avoiding membership ambiguity of the overlapped region. In short, this review provides a comprehensive and critical reference for researchers and practitioners to leverage FMM and its variants for undertaking pattern classification tasks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fuzzy min–max, pattern classification, neural network, FMM models
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Computer System And Software Engineering
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2019 02:56
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2019 02:56
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