An artificial immune system for data analysis

John Timmis, Mark Neal

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We present a simplified view of those parts of the human immune system which can be used to provide the basis for a data analysis tool. The motivation for and reasoning behind such a model is given and the desire for a 'transparent' model and meaningful visualization and interpretation techniques is noted. A minimalist formulation of an artificial immune system and some of its behaviour is described. A simple implementation and a suitable visualization technique are demonstrated using some trivial data and the famous 'iris' data set.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Visualisation
  • Artificial immune system
  • Self organising
  • Immune network
  • Cluster analysis
  • Unsupervised machine learning


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