A balanced accuracy fitness function leads to robust analysis using grammatical evolution neural networks in the case of class imbalance

Nicholas E. Hardison, David M. Reif, Theresa J. Fanelli, Marylyn D. Ritchie, Scott M. Dudek, Alison A. Motsinger-Reif

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Abstract

Grammatical Evolution Neural Networks (GENN) is a computational method designed to detect gene-gene interactions in genetic epidemiology, but has so far only been evaluated in situations with balanced numbers of cases and controls. Real data, however, rarely has such perfectly balanced classes. In the current study, we test the power of GENN to detect interactions in data with a range of class imbalance using two fitness functions (classification error and balanced error), as well as data resampling. We show that when using classification error, class imbalance greatly decreases the power of GENN. Re-sampling methods demonstrated improved power, but using balanced accuracy resulted in the highest power. Based on the results of this study, balanced error has replaced classification error in the GENN algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGECCO'08
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation 2008
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages353-354
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781605581309
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event10th Annual Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2008 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jul 12 2008Jul 16 2008

Publication series

NameGECCO'08: Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation 2008

Other

Other10th Annual Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2008
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period7/12/087/16/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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    Hardison, N. E., Reif, D. M., Fanelli, T. J., Ritchie, M. D., Dudek, S. M., & Motsinger-Reif, A. A. (2008). A balanced accuracy fitness function leads to robust analysis using grammatical evolution neural networks in the case of class imbalance. In GECCO'08: Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation 2008 (pp. 353-354). (GECCO'08: Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation 2008). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/1389095.1389159