Title: Simplified stochastic configuration network-based optimised soft measuring model by using evolutionary computing framework with its application to dioxin emission concentration estimation

Authors: Jian Tang; Junfei Qiao; Weitao Li

Addresses: Faculty of Information Technology, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, 100124, China ' Faculty of Information Technology, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, 100124, China ' Department of Electric Engineering and Automation, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China

Abstract: With a supervisory mechanism to randomly assigning input weights and biases, the prediction performance of the soft measuring model of industrial process has been improved by stochastic configuration networks (SCNs). Although SCNs theoretically exhibit a universal approximation capability, the learning parameters generate considerable fluctuation for the evaluated performance. Hence, addressing the parameters by an intelligent optimisation method is necessary. Thus, this study investigates the parameter optimisation of soft measuring model based on simplified SCN (SSCN) by using the evolutionary computing (EC) framework. A searching strategy based on EC theory is used to optimise jointly the input features and learning parameters of the soft measuring model. Moreover, sensitivity and robust analysis of key learning parameters are performed. Experiments on benchmark datasets and dioxin emission datasets from municipal solid waste incineration with different sizes and dimensions are conducted to validate the proposed strategy.

Keywords: RVFL; random vector functional-link; network; simplified stochastic configuration network; soft measuring model; learning parameter selection; evolutionary computing; dioxin emission concentration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCIP.2018.097202

International Journal of System Control and Information Processing, 2018 Vol.2 No.4, pp.332 - 365

Received: 17 Nov 2018
Accepted: 18 Nov 2018

Published online: 23 Dec 2018 *

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