Granular Computing: An Augmented Scheme of Degranulation Through a Modified Partition Matrix

04/03/2020
by   Kaijie Xu, et al.
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As an important technology in artificial intelligence Granular Computing (GrC) has emerged as a new multi-disciplinary paradigm and received much attention in recent years. Information granules forming an abstract and efficient characterization of large volumes of numeric data have been considered as the fundamental constructs of GrC. By generating prototypes and partition matrix, fuzzy clustering is a commonly encountered way of information granulation. Degranulation involves data reconstruction completed on a basis of the granular representatives. Previous studies have shown that there is a relationship between the reconstruction error and the performance of the granulation process. Typically, the lower the degranulation error is, the better performance of granulation is. However, the existing methods of degranulation usually cannot restore the original numeric data, which is one of the important reasons behind the occurrence of the reconstruction error. To enhance the quality of degranulation, in this study, we develop an augmented scheme through modifying the partition matrix. By proposing the augmented scheme, we dwell on a novel collection of granulation-degranulation mechanisms. In the constructed approach, the prototypes can be expressed as the product of the dataset matrix and the partition matrix. Then, in the degranulation process, the reconstructed numeric data can be decomposed into the product of the partition matrix and the matrix of prototypes. Both the granulation and degranulation are regarded as generalized rotation between the data subspace and the prototype subspace with the partition matrix and the fuzzification factor. By modifying the partition matrix, the new partition matrix is constructed through a series of matrix operations. We offer a thorough analysis of the developed scheme. The experimental results are in agreement with the underlying conceptual framework

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