William A. Young

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Artificial neural networks (ANNs) and Bayesian belief networks (BBNs) utilizing select environmental variables were developed and evaluated, with the intent to model net ecosystem metabolism (a proxy for system trophic state) within a freshwater wetland. Network modeling was completed independently for distinct data subsets, representing periods of 'low'(More)
An over-sampling technique called V-synth is proposed and compared to borderline SMOTE (bSMOTE), a common methodology used to balance an imbalanced dataset for classification purposes. V-synth is a machine learning methodology that allows synthetic minority points to be generated based on the properties of a Voronoi diagram. A Voronoi diagram is a(More)
In today’s economy, manufacturing sectors are challenged by high costs, low revenues. As part of the managerial activities, scheduling plays an important role in optimizing cost, revenue, profit, time, and efficiency by optimization of available resources. The objective of this research is to evaluate the existing artificial immune system (AIS) principles,(More)
Accuracy is a critical factor in predictive modeling. A predictive model such as a decision tree must be accurate to draw conclusions about the system being modeled. This research aims at analyzing and improving the performance of classification and regression trees (CART), a decision tree algorithm, by evaluating and deriving a new methodology based on the(More)
TREPAN is decision tree algorithm that utilises artificial neural networks (ANNs) in order to improve partitioning conditions when sample data is sparse. When sample sizes are limited during the tree-induction process, TREPAN relies on an ANN oracle in order to create artificial sample instances. The original TREPAN implementation was limited to ANNs that(More)
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