Attribute Importance Measure Based on Back-Propagation Neural Network: An Empirical Study

Boonyarat Phadermrod, Richard M. Crowder, Gary B. Wills
2015 International Journal of Computer and Electrical Engineering  
Over the years, many different importance-performance analysis (IPA) variations have emerged as it is a primary tool for analyzing customer satisfaction. One of the recent IPA variations is back-propagation neural network based importance-performance analysis (BPNN based IPA) that utilizes BPNN to measure Importance. To investigate the performance of the BPNN based IPA, the authors compared two types of BPNN models that have one and multiple output neurons referred as BPNN (regression) and BPNN
more » ... (classification) respectively, with multiple linear regression (MLR). This comparison demonstrates that the BPNN (regression) does not outperform MLR in term of model accuracy and training time, yet BPNN (classification) is superior to MLR and BPNN (regression) in term of model accuracy and predictive power. This finding leads to a reconsideration of the BPNN model used in the present BPNN based IPA.
doi:10.17706/ijcee.2015.v7.878 fatcat:er7hgw3ucbhlrlcv54yexnmxgy