Self-Organizing Fuzzy Inference Ensemble System for Big Streaming Data Classification

Xiaowei Gu, Plamen Angelov, Zhijin Zhao

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An evolving intelligent system (EIS) is able to self-update its system structure and meta-parameters from streaming data. However, since the majority of EISs are implemented on a single-model architecture, their performances on large-scale, complex data streams are often limited. To address this deficiency, a novel self-organizing fuzzy inference ensemble framework is proposed in this paper. As the base learner of the proposed ensemble system, the self-organizing fuzzy inference system is capable of self-learning a highly transparent predictive model from streaming data on a chunk-by-chunk basis through a human-interpretable process. Very importantly, the base learner can continuously self-adjust its decision boundaries based on the inter-class and intra-class distances between prototypes identified from successive data chunks for higher classification precision. Thanks to its parallel distributed computing architecture, the proposed ensemble framework can achieve great classification precision while maintain high computational efficiency on large-scale problems. Numerical examples based on popular benchmark big data problems demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed approach over the state-of-the-art alternatives in terms of both classification accuracy and computational efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106870
JournalKnowledge-Based Systems
Early online date18 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021


  • Ensemble system
  • Evolving intelligent system
  • Large-scale data stream
  • Prototypes


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