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Statistical Feature Ranking and Fuzzy Supervised Learning Approach in Modeling Regional Rainfall Prediction Systems

M. Sudha, K. Subbu

DOI: 10.7160/aol.2017.090210

Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, No 2 /2017, June

Sudha, M. and Subbu, K. (2017) “Statistical Feature Ranking and Fuzzy Supervised Learning Approach in Modeling Regional Rainfall Prediction Systems", AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 117 - 126. ISSN 1804-1930. DOI 10.7160/aol.2017.090210.

Abstract

Rainfall prediction is an essential and challenging task in hydro-meteorology. Most of the existing weather dataset used for prediction consists of observatory record of several atmospheric parameters. Identifying the signi cant parameters from irrelevant and redundant parameter set for weather prediction is important because irrelevant parameters may decrease the prediction accuracy. The main intent of this research is to identify the in uencing weather parameters for improving daily rainfall forecast ef ciency. A parameter selection module identi es the signi cant parameter based on information gain based feature ranking. Fuzzy supervised learning module evaluates the performance of fuzzy classi ers before and after parameter selection. In the evaluation phase, learning techniques was analyzed in terms of Accuracy Rate (AcR), Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE) and Misclassi cation Rate (McR). Experimental results revealed that, parameter subset selection has signi cantly improved the performance of the learning techniques. The investigation results identi ed minimum temperature, relative humidity and evapotranspiration as in uencing weather parameters for rainfall prediction. Empirical results revealed Fuzzy Unordered Rule Induction Algorithm (FURIA) as a suitable rainfall prediction approach. This fuzzy model achieved an enhanced accuracy rate of 84.10% after parameter selection with nominal misclassi cation rate of 0.1590%.

Keywords

Short-range rainfall prediction, statistical feature ranking, fuzzy rule induction and prediction accuracy.

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