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Optimization of MLP parameters on mineral potential mapping tasks
conference contributionposted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrew Skabar
Mineral potential mapping is the process of combining a set of input maps, each representing a distinct geo-scientific variable, to produce a single map which ranks areas according to their potential to host deposits of a particular type. The maps are combined using a mapping function which must be either provided by an expert (knowledge-driven approach), or induced from sample data (data-driven approach). Current data-driven approaches using multilayer perceptrons (MLPs) to represent the mapping function have several inherent problems: they rely heavily on subjective judgment in selecting training data and are highly sensitive to this selection; they do not utilize the contextual information provided by unlabeled data; and, there is no objective interpretation of the values output by the MLP. This paper presents a novel approach which overcomes these three problems.