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Journal of Inforamtion Science and Engineering, Vol.7 No.1, pp.37-52 (March 1991)
PDP Estimation of Density and PDP Bayes Classifier

Jian-Xiong Wu and Chorkin Chan
Department of Computer Science
University of Hong Kong

Based on the assumption that most probability densities in real life can be approximated by a mixture of Gaussian densities, the authors propose a set of algorithms for training a multi-layered perceptron as a parallel distributed processing network (PDP) to estimate various probability densities and to serve as a Bayes classifier. The effectiveness of a PDP density estimator was measured in terms of the relative difference between the target p.d.f. and the network output representing the estimation. The classification rate of the PDP network was effectively identical to that of the Bayes classifier. for invoking these algorithms.Although the p-persistent protocol introduces a longer packet delay, the difference is small.

Keywords: bayes classifier, parallel distributed processing, probability density estimation

Received November 3, 1989; revised August 31, 1990.
Communicated by Lin-Shan Lee.