An optimized brain-based algorithm for classifying parkinson's disease

Rodrigo Olivares, Roberto Munoz, Ricardo Soto, Broderick Crawford, Diego Cárdenas, Aarón Ponce, Carla Taramasco

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During the last years, highly-recognized computational intelligence techniques have been proposed to treat classification problems. These automatic learning approaches lead to the most recent researches because they exhibit outstanding results. Nevertheless, to achieve this performance, artificial learning methods firstly require fine tuning of their parameters and then they need to work with the best-generated model. This process usually needs an expert user for supervising the algorithm's performance. In this paper, we propose an optimized Extreme Learning Machine by using the Bat Algorithm, which boosts the training phase of the machine learning method to increase the accuracy, and decreasing or keeping the loss in the learning phase. To evaluate our proposal, we use the Parkinson's Disease audio dataset taken from UCI Machine Learning Repository. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects over 10 million people. Although its diagnosis is through motor symptoms, it is possible to evidence the disorder through variations in the speech using machine learning techniques. Results suggest that using the bio-inspired optimization algorithm for adjusting the parameters of the Extreme Learning Machine is a real alternative for improving its performance. During the validation phase, the classification process for Parkinson's Disease achieves a maximum accuracy of 96.74% and a minimum loss of 3.27%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1827
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Artificial neural networks
  • Bat algorithm
  • Extreme learning machine
  • Optimization algorithms
  • Parkinson's disease


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