This paper describes a new hybrid regression method that combines the best features of convention-al numerical regression techniques with the genetic programming symbolic regression technique. The key idea is to employ an evolutionary computing methodology to search for a model of the sys-tem/process being modelled and to employ parameter estimation to obtain constants using least squares. The new technique, termed Evolutionary Polynomial Regression (EPR) overcomes short-comings in the GP process, such as computational performance; number of evolutionary parameters to tune and complexity of the symbolic models. Similarly, it alleviates issues arising from numerical regression, including difficulties in using physical insight and over-fitting problems. This paper demonstrates that EPR is good, both in interpolating data and in scientific knowledge discovery. As an illustration, EPR is used to identify polynomial formulæ with progressively increasing levels of noise, to interpolate the Colebrook-White formula for a pipe resistance coefficient and to discover a formula for a resistance coefficient from experimental data.

A Symbolic Data-driven Technique Based on Evolutionary Polynomial Regression

GIUSTOLISI, Orazio;
2006

Abstract

This paper describes a new hybrid regression method that combines the best features of convention-al numerical regression techniques with the genetic programming symbolic regression technique. The key idea is to employ an evolutionary computing methodology to search for a model of the sys-tem/process being modelled and to employ parameter estimation to obtain constants using least squares. The new technique, termed Evolutionary Polynomial Regression (EPR) overcomes short-comings in the GP process, such as computational performance; number of evolutionary parameters to tune and complexity of the symbolic models. Similarly, it alleviates issues arising from numerical regression, including difficulties in using physical insight and over-fitting problems. This paper demonstrates that EPR is good, both in interpolating data and in scientific knowledge discovery. As an illustration, EPR is used to identify polynomial formulæ with progressively increasing levels of noise, to interpolate the Colebrook-White formula for a pipe resistance coefficient and to discover a formula for a resistance coefficient from experimental data.
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