Different data classification algorithms have been developed and applied in various areas to analyze and extract valuable information and patterns from large datasets with noise and missing values. However, none of them could consistently perform well over all datasets. To this end, ensemble methods have been suggested as the promising measures. This paper proposes a novel hybrid algorithm, which is the combination of a multi-objective Genetic Algorithm (GA) and an ensemble classifier. While the ensemble classifier, which consists of a decision tree classifier, an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) classifier, and a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier, is used as the classification committee, the multi-objective Genetic Algorithm is employed as the feature selector to facilitate the ensemble classifier to improve the overall sample classification accuracy while also identifying the most important features in the dataset of interest. The proposed GA-Ensemble method is tested on three benchmark datasets, and compared with each individual classifier as well as the methods based on mutual information theory, bagging and boosting. The results suggest that this GA-Ensemble method outperform other algorithms in comparison, and be a useful method for classification and feature selection problems.
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Field of Research
080108 Neural, Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation
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