Application of combined genetic algorithms with cascade correlation to diagnosis of delayed gastric emptying from electrogastrograms

Zhiyue Lin, Hualou Liang, J. D.Z. Chen, Richard W. McCallum

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Abstract

The currently established method for the diagnosis of delayed gastric emptying (GE) of a solid meal involves radiation exposure and considerable expense. Based on combining genetic algorithms with the cascade correlation learning architecture, a neural network approach is proposed for the diagnosis of delayed GE from electrogastrograms (EGGs). EGGs were measured by placing surface electrodes on the abdominal skin over the stomach in 152 patients with suspected gastric motility disorders for 30 minutes in the fasting state and for 2 hours after a standard test meal. The GE rate of the stomach was simultaneously monitored after the meal using the established method. Five spectral parameters of EGG data in each patient were used as the inputs to a classifier. The classifier was designed by using genetic algorithms in conjunction with the cascade correlation learning architecture. The main advantage of this technique over the back-propagation (BP) for supervised learning is that it can automatically grow the architecture of neural networks to give a suitable network size for a specific problem and significantly reduce the training time. The resulted neural network with three hidden units exhibits 83% correct classification for the EGG data, and has comparable performance with the BP network. This preliminary study demonstrates that the potential of the neural network approach based on combining genetic algorithms with cascade correlation for diagnosis of gastric emptying from the EGG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1355-1358
Number of pages4
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Volume3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 19th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Chicago, IL, USA
Duration: Oct 30 1997Nov 2 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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