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Information-Theoretic Sensor Subset Selection: Application to Signal-Based Fault Isolation in Diesel Engines

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Alok A. Joshi, Peter H. Meckl, Galen B. King, Kristofer Jennings

Purdue University

Paper No. IMECE2006-15903, pp. 277-286; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Textile Engineering
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division and Textile Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4774-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


In this paper a stepwise information-theoretic feature selector is designed and implemented to reduce the dimension of a data set without losing pertinent information. The effectiveness of the proposed feature selector is demonstrated by selecting features from forty three variables monitored on a set of heavy duty diesel engines and then using this feature space for classification of faults in these engines. Using a cross-validation technique, the effects of various classification methods (linear regression, quadratic discriminants, probabilistic neural networks, and support vector machines) and feature selection methods (regression subset selection, RV-based selection by simulated annealing, and information-theoretic selection) are compared based on the percentage misclassification. The information-theoretic feature selector combined with the probabilistic neural network achieved an average classification accuracy of 90%, which was the best performance of any combination of classifiers and feature selectors under consideration.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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