Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences




The probabilistic neural network (PNN) is a special type of radial basis neural network used mainly for classification problems. Due to the size of the network after training, this type of network is usually used for problems with a small-sized training dataset. In this paper, a new training algorithm is presented for use with large training databases. Application to the handwritten digit database shows that the reduced PNN performs better than the standard PNN for all of the studied cases with a big gain in size and processing speed. This new type of neural network can be used easily for problems with large training databases like biometrics and data mining applications. An extension of the network is possible for new training samples and/or classes without retraining.


Classification, pattern recognition, reduced probabilistic neural network, handwritten digit recognition, optimization

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