Neural networks for animal science applications: Two case studies

Author(s): Fernandez, C. | Martin, J.D. | Serrano, A.J. | Soria, E. |

Year: 2006

Citation: EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS Volume: 31 Issue: 2 Pages: 444-450

Abstract: Artificial neural networks have shown to be a powerful tool for system modelling in a wide range of applications. In this paper, we focus on neural network applications to intelligent data analysis in the field of animal science. Two classical applications of neural networks are proposed: time series prediction and clustering. The first task is related to the prediction of weekly milk production in goat flocks, which includes a knowledge discovery stage in order to analyse the relative relevance of the different variables. The second task is the clustering of goat flocks; it is used to analyse different livestock surveys by using self-organizing maps and the adaptive resonance theory, thus obtaining a qualitative knowledge from these surveys. Achieved results show the usefulness of neural networks in two animal science applications.

Topics: Machine Learning, Applications: Biological Classification, Models: ART 2 / Fuzzy ART,

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