Model selection for RBF network via generalized degree of freedom

Pengcheng XU, A.W. JAYAWARDENA, Wai Keung LI

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Radial basis function (RBF) networks are considered in this study to simulate and forecast a chaotic time series. In order to evaluate the performance of the RBF networks, a new method is developed to calculate the generalized degree of freedom (GDF), which is used to obtain an unbiased estimation of variance of the fitted model error for the network. Numerical results show that the proposed estimation of GDF is more stable and faster than that obtained by the Monte Carlo method. A model selection method using GDF for a chaotic time series is then introduced and applied to four chaotic time series. The numerical results show that the network selected by the proposed method gives better prediction ability. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-171
Early online dateJul 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


Xu, P., Jayawardena, A. W., & Li, W. K. (2013). Model selection for RBF network via generalized degree of freedom. Neurocomputing, 99, 163-171. doi: 10.1016/j.neucom.2012.06.005


  • Radial basis function network
  • Generalized degree of freedom
  • Chaotic time series
  • Model selection


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