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Semi-Supervised Learning With Co-Training for Data-Driven Prognostics

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Chao Hu

University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD

Byeng D. Youn, Taejin Kim

Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Paper No. DETC2011-48302, pp. 1297-1306; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5479-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Traditional data-driven prognostics often requires a large amount of failure data for the offline training in order to achieve good accuracy for the online prediction. However, in many engineered systems, failure data are fairly expensive and time-consuming to obtain while suspension data are readily available. In such cases, it becomes essentially critical to utilize suspension data, which may carry rich information regarding the degradation trend and help achieve more accurate remaining useful life (RUL) prediction. To this end, this paper proposes a co-training-based data-driven prognostic algorithm, denoted by Coprog , which uses two individual data-driven algorithms with each predicting RULs of suspension units for the other. The confidence of an individual data-driven algorithm in predicting the RUL of a suspension unit is quantified by the extent to which the inclusion of that unit in the training data set reduces the sum square error (SSE) in RUL prediction on the failure units. After a suspension unit is chosen and its RUL is predicted by an individual algorithm, it becomes a virtual failure unit that is added to the training data set. Results obtained from two case studies suggest that Coprog gives more accurate RUL predictions compared to any individual algorithm without the consideration of suspension data and that Coprog can effectively exploit suspension data to improve the accuracy in data-driven prognostics.

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