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Elgasir: an algorithm for creating fuzzy regression trees

Gasir, Fathi and Bandar, Zuhair A. and Crockett, Keeley (2009) Elgasir: an algorithm for creating fuzzy regression trees. ISSN 1098-7584

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This paper presents a new fuzzy regression tree algorithm known as Elgasir, which is based on the CHAID regression tree algorithm and Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy inference. The Elgasir algorithm is applied to crisp regression trees to produce fuzzy regression trees in order to soften sharp decision boundaries inherited in crisp trees. Elgasir generates a fuzzy rule base by applying fuzzy techniques to crisp regression trees using trapezoidal membership functions. Then Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy inference is used to aggregate the final output from the fuzzy implications. The approach is evaluated using two problem sets from the UCI repository. Experiments conducted yield an improvement in the performance of fuzzy regression trees compared with crisp CHAID trees. The generated fuzzy regression trees are more robust and presented in a highly visual format which is easy to understand.

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